The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced three grants totaling $66 million in support of efforts to fight HIV and tuberculosis in the African kingdom of Swaziland.
The grants will support treatment for Swazis living with HIV; efforts to prevent new infections among vulnerable groups, including young women and girls; and the acceleration of efforts to prevent TB/HIV co-infection among key populations affected by tuberculosis. Swaziland has a high disease burden, with an HIV prevalence rate of 26 percent — one of the highest in the world — and a high TB burden. Funded by the United States, the European Union, UNAIDS, and the World Health Organization, among others, the grants include investments in comprehensive approaches aimed at lowering infection rates among adolescent girls.
"The signing of the grants is an important step forward towards achieving the recently established Sustainable Development Goals," said Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane, Swaziland’s minister of health. We will be able to deliver more comprehensive and integrated health services, which will have life-changing impacts."
"Swaziland has demonstrated strong leadership in increasing domestic finances to health," said Cynthia Mwase, who heads the Africa and Middle East Department at the Global Fund. "Vigorous investments by the government and international partners are bending the curve of the epidemics in the country."