The signing took place today at the National Department of Health which Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Hon. Michael Malabag represented the National Government as a signatory along with other partners involved in the fight against TB and malaria.
The grants are the first to be signed in PNG under the funding model adopted in early 2014. The funding provided through GF come from many donors including Australia, the United States and the European Union.
The two malaria grants, worth a combined a total of US$32million will be used to fund distribution of 2.8million mosquito nets and training of community health workers, support prompt diagnosis of malaria and strengthen monitoring and improve access to care for the country’s most disadvantaged communities. PSI and RAM will implement these grants.
The other US$18million grant to be implemented by WV aims to reduce the incidence and prevalence of TB in PNG. The grant will be used to improve recruitment and retention of clinical staff and also to improve access to quality drugs and laboratory diagnostics for HIV, TB and malaria, supporting a stronger health system as a whole.
Australian High Commissioner Ms. Deborah Stokes said: “Australia’s partnership with the Global Fund and PNG is supporting progress in malaria control and improved management of TB and HIV in all provinces. We are very happy to continue to work with the Global Fund to save lives by supporting PNG’s fight against these preventable diseases.”