France : helping Sri Lanka fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Sri Lanka will be receiving USD 45.5 million from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis(TB) and malaria under the new funding model for the period 2014-2016 of which France will be contributing USD 5.5 million, the French Embassy said. From this USD 45.5 million, USD 16 million will be allocated for AIDS, USD 12.2 million for tuberculosis and USD 17.3 million for malaria.
Adding that Sri Lanka has received USD 57 million to date from the Global Fund the embassy said that the fund’s support goes to outreach and sensitisation, purchasing of health equipment and health products, improving the infrastructure for the health sector and capacity building as well as training of health staff. The fund also facilitates the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, medicine and anti-retro viral therapy and rapid diagnostic tests for tuberculosis.
From the aid given by the fund, 11,900 new smear-positive tuberculosis cases were detected and treated. In addition 420 HIV patients are currently receiving anti-retro viral therapy and 1,500,000 insecticide treated mosquito nets were distributed to reduce the cases of malaria.
The Global Fund was established in 2002 to fight the three pandemics of which France is the second largest donor worldwide.
The principal partners for the Global Fund in Sri Lanka are the Ministry of Health and Nutrition, the Family Planning Association and the Jathika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya.