What has been the contribution of the first Global Fund grant (2003-2006) to malaria control and health system strengthening in Timor-Leste?
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Published: 20 October 2010
The Global Fund to fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was established in Geneva in January 2002 with the main objective of mobilizing resources from governments, donors, private sector and individuals to tackle HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria worldwide. Timor-Leste successfully obtained the first Global Fund grant with a value of nearly US $3 million in 2003 for a three-year program for malaria control. The grant was aimed at reducing malaria-related morbidity and mortality by 30% by the end of the implementation. Necessary structures required by the Global Fund to allow grant implementation were established.
A mixed methods approach was used to assess the impact of the grant implementation. The qualitative method employed in-depth interviews, group interviews, focus group discussions and observations. The quantitative method used the routinely collected morbidity data reported to the Ministry of Health.
Despite limitations, the grant was maintained until the agreed closing date. Considerable contributions to malaria control, health system and community have been made.
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