Mbabane — Swaziland and the Global Fund deepened their partnership with the signing of three grants totaling more than US$66 million, to expand prevention and treatment for HIV and tuberculosis.
The financial resources provided through the Global Fund come from many sources and partners, represented at the signing ceremony today by the United States and the European Union, as well as technical partners from UNAIDS and WHO.
The new grants will go to government and civil society implementers selected through a vibrant country dialogue. The HIV grants will support treatment for people living with HIV as well prevention of new infections among key populations and vulnerable groups, including young women and girls.
The TB grant will accelerate the response toward TB/HIV co-infection and concentrate on treatment and prevention of key populations affected by tuberculosis. Swaziland is a high disease-burden country, with 26 percent HIV prevalence – one of the highest in the world, as well as a high TB burden.
The Prime Minister of Swaziland, Dr. Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, applauded the signing of the grants saying “the partnership between the Global Fund and His Majesty’s Government presents a great opportunity to change the trajectory of AIDS and tuberculosis in Swaziland. It also marks a new era of ending AIDS in line with Vision 2022.”