Global Fund, UNAIDS and Kenya join to defeat infectious diseases in Kenya

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Executive Director of the Global Fund, Mark Dybul, and Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, signing the grant agreements in Nairobi. [UNAIDS Photo]

Leaders of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have signaled a strong partnership to defeat infectious diseases including HIV and TB in Kenya.

Executive Director of the Global Fund, Mark Dybul, and Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, signed two new grant agreements in Nairobi worth US$27 million to support programs implemented jointly by the Ministry of Finance of Kenya and by AMREF, a civil society organization that has been working to improve the health of African communities for over 50 years.

The new grants will support programs that improve the quality of diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, reduce diagnostic delays in vulnerable populations, and provide nutritional support to TB patients. They will also cover TB/HIV co-infected patients and particularly vulnerable populations, including prisoners, people living in informal settlements and mobile populations.

The Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul said "In Kenya, and in other countries, the most effective prevention often comes by reaching those most vulnerable to infection," adding "We can be most effective when all partners are moving in the same direction."

And UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe says "Kenya can have a profound effect on the AIDS response if it continues to lead in a people-centred approach to health" noting that "If all people in Kenya can access essential health services with dignity and without fear – then surely this country can tip the balance of the epidemic in Africa."

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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