Global Fund and Cameroon Announce New Funding for HIV Treatment

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Combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) prevents the HIV virus from multiplying in the body

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Cameroon jointly announced that they are both significantly increasing their funding for antiretroviral drugs to meet the country's fast–growing HIV treatment needs.

The Global Fund has approved a $US 20 million grant agreement for HIV treatment while Cameroon said it will nearly double the amount for purchasing antiretroviral medicines in its annual budget, which will increase to $US 20 million in 2014 from $US 11 million.

The new joint funding initiatives, which make a big contribution to securing antiretroviral treatment for more than 120,000 people, were announced by Cameroon's Health Minister, Andre Mama Fouda, and by Lelio Marmora, the Global Fund's head for Africa and the Middle East, at a news conference in Yaoundé on Tuesday.

Mr. Marmora said "This new funding from the Global Fund and from Cameroon is going to make a real difference," adding "We warmly welcome the government's strong initiative in helping to put the procurement and supply of antiretroviral medicines on a strong footing."

Minister Fouda said Cameroon was strongly committed to sharing the cost with the Global Fund of funding a significant increase in the number of people living with HIV who receive anti-retroviral treatment in the country.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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