Global Fund: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: Overseen by some of the world's diplomatic leaders, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria is devoted to the prevention and eradication of some of the world's most common and deadly diseases.

IP TAKE: The Global Fund grants for global health are competitive, and typically go to larger NGOs and government organizations.  

PROFILE: In the 1990s and early 2000s, the United Nations concluded that disease, poverty and economic development were inextricably linked. In an effort to halt the cycle of poverty and disease plaguing the developing world, the former secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, called for the creation of a "global fund" to combat three pandemic but preventable diseases as a means to promote economic development. Indeed, in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria came into being, sponsored by the world's wealthiest governments and guided in its creation by the United Nations and the G8. 

It supports projects in four programmatic areas: HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and healthcare systems. The Global Fund operates under the premise that countries are better equipped to make local decisions than any international body, so the group relies on its Country Coordinating Mechanisms to guide grants allocation.

CCMs essentially bring individual countries' stakeholders together, serve as points of contact for the Global Fund secretariat, submit grant proposals to the fund for approval, nominate entities accountable for adminis­tering funding, and oversee grant implementation. The fund's secretariat, meanwhile, makes ultimate funding decisions, handles disbursements, and executes the mission of halting the spread of three major diseases internationally.

Today, the Global Fund is massive and uses an allocation process to determine how much money it will devote to each disease annually. Allocations are typically reviewed every few years.

The fund largely supports national centers for disease control, government ministries (including health ministries), and in-country U.N. development programs, which then parse out cash to NGOs with assistance from CCMs overseeing country-specific disease prevention strategies. For a deeper look into its grant disbursements, look over its Financials page, which offers a detailed list of its contributions and pledges. 

Grantseekers interested in Global Fund support for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and healthcare systems work should contact their CCM about submitting grant proposals. In the event that the project you are looking to fund is happening in a country without a functional government or civil society, you can go directly to the secretariat with your proposal. Grantseekers should devote adequate time to deeply reading the fund's complex site. 

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