Global fund excited with Malawi's fight against Malaria, TB and AIDS

Executive Director of the Global Fund Peter Sands has pledged to continue supporting Malawi's fight against Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV / AIDS and communities affected by floods.

He made the remarks at the Global Health Campus in Geneva, Switzerland, during a meeting with President Dr Lazarus Chakwera and several government officials.

Dr Chakwera thanked the organisation for making a big difference in Malawi’s health sector and for the recent grant of $523 million to Malawi for Malaria, TB, HIV, AIDS and various other health-related interventions.

However, he said although the sector back home got huge allocation in this budget, it is not enough to meet all the needs, due to shocks such as tropical storm Ana and Covid 19 and appealed for more support.

Dr Chakwera told Sands that an assessment conducted following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Ana shows that Malawi needs an estimated $6 million (K6 billion) to get health services in flood-affected areas back to normal.

In his response Sands hailed Malawi’s performance in the fight against TB, Malaria, HIV the fight against corruption in many sectors including health and promised to help Malawi in the provision of health services to flood-affected communities.

Chakwera speaking during the meeting

“Malawi’s fight against TB, Malaria and HIV and AIDS look on-course and we owe this to your exceptional leadership,’’ said Sands.

The Global Fund Director said Malawi is among the few countries in Africa that are on track to meeting SDG on health by 2030 and hailed President Chakwera for providing good leadership.

He said: "Malawi remains a priority country and details of the support will be released after our technical team here at Global Fund and your team at the Ministry of Health finalise some modalities."

President Chakwera’s visit and meeting with the WHO boss coincides with the launch of the 7th Replenishment Campaign where the Global Fund is looking to raise $18 Billion.

In the 20 years since the Global Fund was created, the partnership has saved 44 million lives and cut the death toll from the three diseases by 40%.

The Global Fund Results Report revealed significant progress has been lost because of the COVID-19 pandemic and global resource needs have increased. This is why the Global Fund funding needs are higher than in 2019.

“When the Global Fund was created 20 years ago, HIV, TB and Malaria seemed unbeatable,” said Lady Roslyn Morauta, Vice-Chair of the Global Fund Board.

“But we have proven that with science, adequate resources and effective global and local collaboration, we can force even the deadliest diseases into retreat," she added.