The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have signed a co-operation and financing agreement to implement ten strategic initiatives to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria as epidemics, and strengthen systems for health. This new agreement, which will cover the 2021 to 2023 implementation period, aims to address some of the persistent challenges that impede progress against the three diseases and protect gains from new pandemics such as COVID-19.
The WHO report that in 2019, a total of 1.4 million people died from TB and an estimated 409,000 people died from malaria. In 2020, approximately 690,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses.
Through the new agreement, the strategic initiatives seek to:
- expand TB preventive treatment for people living with HIV in nine countries across Africa
- strengthen efforts to provide differentiated HIV service delivery
- accelerate efforts to find people with TB missed by health systems in 20 countries
- accelerate the introduction of innovation for multi-drug resistant TB treatment through regional operational research in eastern and central Europe
- support 26 countries and territories to eliminate malaria by 2025
- improve country data collection and use to develop evidence-informed policy
- foster the rapid uptake of service delivery innovations with south-to-south learning
- improve quality of care
- encourage rapid uptake of procurement and supply chain management innovation
- increase programme sustainability, facilitate the transition to domestic financing, and improve programme efficiency
Source: WHO, 30 June 2021