PRETORIA, 09 August 2020 – The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) welcomes the approval of an additional multi-million rand grant from the Global Fund for corona virus response. The incremental grant of $36, 059, 867.00 (R636, 012, 034.39) has been approved to supplement the $369m signed over to South Africa for the period 2019 to 2022 for HIV, TB and Malaria response.
The new supplementary grant will finance COVID-19 response through carefully designed interventions grouped through the following thematic areas:
- Mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on HIV, TB and Malaria programmes
- Reinforce current COVID-19 response
- Urgent improvements on health and community systems
The SANAC Acting CEO Coceka Nogoduka is the Chairperson of the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism, an administrative body of the Fund at country level. She says South Africa has done ground-breaking work on TB and HIV through the continued support of the Global Fund.
“Since its inception in 2001, the Global has invested more than $917 million in South Africa and this investment has assisted the country to fast track its programmes to address HIV and TB. To date, South Africa has the world’s largest HIV treatment programme with more than 4.5 million people receiving antiretroviral treatment,” said Nogoduka who received the commitment letter of the new grant from the Global Fund’s headquarters on Friday afternoon.
Recent data suggests that the corona virus pandemic is severely compromising HIV and TB response efforts. Fewer people are testing for HIV and or TB during the lockdown; others are failing to collect treatment. To SANAC, these issues raise concerns of an impending surge in new HIV and TB infections post COVID-19. The Global Fund shares the same concerns hence the additional support.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading across the globe and threatens to derail HIV, TB and malaria programmes, overwhelm community and health systems and cause significant morbidity and mortality,” said Mark Edington, Head of Grant Management Division for Global Fund HQ.
Over the next few weeks, the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism Secretariat situated at SANAC, will continue to render its support and guidance to the Principal Recipients in the implementation of the new and existing grants. The added boost will indeed bring us closer to our goal of ending HIV and TB as public health threats, as well as to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on TB and HIV programming.
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