Written by: Tim Thomas, Senior Advisor, MHTF
Over the past 12-18 months, a dedicated group of advocates have been pushing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to expand its mandate to include maternal, newborn and child health programs. (The Global Fund was created in 2001 by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to galvanize and coordinate global funding for HIV/AIDS and two of its major co-infections.) The movement to add MNCH to the Fund’s thus far successful vertical programming will face a deciding moment at the upcoming Global Fund Board Meeting being held in Sofia, Bulgaria today through Wednesday. The Board has received the following letter showing broad popular support for the shift and they will be discussing if and how to implement it. We will be tracking the progress of this movement and reporting more here. Stay tuned!