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Global Fund Approves $1 Billion to Fight Tuberculosis, Malaria, and HIV in Nigeria

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The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria has recently allocated a substantial amount of $1 billion to combat tuberculosis (TB), malaria, and HIV in Nigeria over the next three years. This significant funding is a crucial step towards addressing the health challenges faced by the country. The announcement was made by Mr. Willie Bassey, Director of Information at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, in a statement released in Abuja.

Dr. Jean-Thomas Nouboussi, the Country Portfolio Manager in Nigeria, highlighted Nigeria’s position as the highest beneficiary of Global Fund grants among approximately 110 countries worldwide. This demonstrates the organization’s recognition of the urgent need to support Nigeria in its efforts to combat these diseases effectively.

The Global Fund’s implementation plan is set to commence in January 2024. The funding will be utilized to facilitate the fight against tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. The organization is committed to ensuring equitable distribution of funds to countries affected by these health challenges. By working closely with the Country Coordinating Mechanism, the Global Fund aims to support countries globally in their battle against these diseases.

During their visit to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Global Fund team, led by Mr. Ayo Ipinmoye, Acting Chairman of the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism for Nigeria, sought the support of SGF Sen. George Akume to expedite the implementation of the funding. Dr. Nouboussi acknowledged the commendable progress made by Nigeria in tackling tuberculosis, recognizing it as one of the countries that has achieved significant advancements in its treatment.

In response, Sen. George Akume expressed gratitude for the organization’s contributions to combating AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in Nigeria. He emphasized the importance of sustained intervention to ensure that the progress achieved in mitigating these diseases continues. Sen. Akume also acknowledged that although HIV/AIDS rates have decreased, there are still signs that it has not yet been fully eliminated.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation reassured the Global Fund of the government’s unwavering commitment to combating these diseases. Sen. Akume affirmed that the dedicated funds would be optimally utilized for the project’s objectives. He also emphasized the office’s ongoing collaboration with the organization to ensure the successful implementation of the intervention.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria is an international financing and partnership organization launched in 2002 with the goal of attracting, leveraging, and investing additional resources to eradicate the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. As part of the global consensus to support the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations, the Global Fund plays a vital role in mobilizing resources and supporting countries in their fight against these diseases.

With the significant funding allocation from the Global Fund, Nigeria is poised to strengthen its healthcare infrastructure and intensify its efforts to combat tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. This financial support will undoubtedly contribute to the country’s progress in achieving better health outcomes and improving the overall well-being of its population.

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