Can the Global Fund Help Eliminate Malaria in Honduras? It's Certainly Trying

The Global Fund, or how it’s more formally known—the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria—has dedicated over $25 billion to toward the prevention, control, treatment, eradication of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

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The Global Fund has been supporting anti-malaria grants in Honduras since 2003, when it made an inaugural grant of $7.1 million to implement comprehensive malaria control measures in areas of the country in which the disease was most prevalent. An initial $7 million give is pretty big, but historically, the fund has only dedicated around 8 percent of its nearly $114 million in total funding in Honduras to fighting malaria. That percentage recently jumped, and pretty significantly, after the fund’s latest $9.2 million commitment.  

The grant will fund the distribution of insecticide-treated nets, indoor residual insecticide spraying, increased testing, early diagnosis efforts, treatment, and malaria surveillance activities on borders of Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. These efforts are aimed specifically at populations that have an increased vulnerability to malaria such as women and young children.

Having experienced a 78 percent decrease in malaria cases from 2000 to 2011, Honduras has made some really significant strides toward reducing malaria transmission. With the help of the Global Fund’s $9.2 million, the country’s Minister of Health is aiming to drop the number cases by an additional 45 percent and hopes to have zero new cases of the disease’s deadliest strain by 2017.

Overall, the Global Fund dedicates around 32 percent of its over $4 billion in grantmaking to fighting malaria. The fund tends to make its largest grants to national centers for disease control, government ministries (including health ministries), and in-country UN development programs. Those organizations are then typically tasked with distributing the money to NGOs.