Dakar, June 30 (APS) – The World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have signed a cooperation and funding agreement for the implementation of ten initiatives aimed at to put an end to these epidemics, we learned from an official source on Wednesday.
” The World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria signed a cooperation and funding agreement for the implementation of 10 strategic initiatives to end more quickly epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and to strengthen health systems, ” said a statement released the same day.
This new agreement, covering the implementation period 2021-2023, aims to address some persistent difficulties that hamper progress in the fight against the three diseases and preserve hard-won gains and now threatened by new pandemics such as that of Covid-19, said the same source.
She recalls that in 2019, 1.4 million people died from tuberculosis and nearly 409,000 others from malaria while 690,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2020.
This agreement will work to expand preventive treatment for tuberculosis for people living with HIV in nine African countries, strengthen efforts to provide differentiated service delivery related to the AIDS virus and accelerate actions to identify people with tuberculosis not detected by health systems in 20 countries, said the press release.
Among the initiatives planned under this agreement are also the acceleration of the introduction of innovations in the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis through regional operational research in Central and Eastern Europe, assistance to 26 countries and territories for the elimination of malaria by 2025.
At the same time, the agreement aims to improve the collection and use of data by countries for evidence-based policy making, promote the rapid uptake of innovations in service delivery in the South-South learning framework.
It pursues the objective of improving the quality of care, encouraging the rapid adoption of innovations in procurement and supply chain management and increasing the sustainability and effectiveness of programs and facilitating the transition to national funding, it is argued.
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