The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world's most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas of greatest need. The substantial increase in resources dedicated to health through development assistance and other sources in the last eight years is changing the trajectory of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, as well as other health problems in low- and medium-income countries.
Much more remains to be done, but there are signs of a dramatic turnaround in the fight against these devastating diseases. New HIV infections are declining in many of the countries most affected by the epidemic. More and more countries are in a position to target the elimination of malaria from their territories. The world is on course to halve TB mortality by 2015 in comparison with 1990.
Since its inception in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has been a major engine driving this remarkable progress.
In Zimbabwe, UNDP became the Principal Recipient (PR) of the global fund grants in August 2009 under the Additional Safeguard Policy (ASP) of the Global Fund. A total of 7 Global Fund grants were approved with a total budget of US$ 250,764,156 of which US$ 179,959,142 was for Phase I of Round 8 Grants covering the period 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2011. GF grants are implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MoHCW), Health Services Board (HSB), National AIDS Council (NAC), Zimbabwe AIDS Network (ZAN) and other local and international NGOs.