GMS officials discuss opportunities in fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Malaria

(KPL) Participants from Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand were reunited on Friday Dec 6 at Institut Francais in Vientiane, Laos to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the new funding cycle of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in the Greater Mekong.

These participants were invited by the French Embassy in the Lao PDR as regional actors to discuss opportunities in the fight against the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, in the aftermaths of the Global Fund’s replenishment in Lyon-France.

The four sessions of the regional conference emphasized innovative approaches to achieve sustainability of intervention in Global Fund grants and discussion on technical assistance and expertise possibilities for beneficiary countries.

Participants presented projects funded by the 5% Initiative in the region, and the whole session gave an overview of the epidemiological trends of the three diseases in the region.

Last October, France hosted the successful 6th replenishment conference of the Global Fund against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The target of 14 billion USD to save 16 million lives has been achieved, and the discussions are now turned around how to make sure the funds help achieve the elimination of the three diseases by 2030 as set in the sustainable development goals.

France remains the second historical contributor to the Global Fund and pledged to increase its contribution by 20% in the next funding cycle.

France also promoted in 2012 the 5% Initiative: an indirect contribution to the Global Fund that provides technical assistance and finances projects.

Since 2012, around 5 million euros were committed to the Lao PDR through the 5% Initiative, with a focus on research and capacity building for CSOs. Two new projects, led by the international NGO Humanity and Inclusion, and another by local association Laopha, will be funded by the 5% Initiative in 2020 in the Lao PDR.

Source: Lao News Agency