Global Fund, World Bank and UNICEF Join with the Clinton Foundation to Extend Deep Price Reductions Under Clinton-brokered AgreementsGENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 6 April 2004 - The Global Fund, the World Bank, UNICEF and the Clinton Foundation today announced agreements that will make it possible for developing countries to purchase high-quality AIDS medicines and diagnostics at the lowest available prices, in many cases for more than fifty percent less than is currently available.
Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund, affirmed that, “Access to HIV treatment for all who need it is a moral imperative and now the target of growing financial commitments. Today’s agreements build on sound science, agreed policy and market economics to maximize the reach of those commitments. As a result, hundreds of thousands of additional people will receive the drugs they need to stay alive and remain healthy.”
According to the agreements announced today, the governments and NGOs supported by Global Fund, World Bank and UNICEF policies will be able to use the resources of these organizations to procure drugs and tests available under the Clinton Foundation arrangements. These agreements are consistent with existing policies of all three international organizations.
World Bank President James Wolfensohn said of today’s announcement, “We regard AIDS as being the single most important issue at the moment in Africa because of the devastating effect that it has had throughout the Continent, and it is not something that is deferrable to discussions of economic or other issues. The emerging epidemic in Asia, Europe and Central Asia and the Caribbean is also a tremendous concern. This initiative will help to get treatment to those most in need - the world's poorest people. The World Bank is pleased to be a partner in the program and fully supports it.”
The Executive Director of UNICEF, Carol Bellamy, added, “This new partnership works to break down some of the barriers - - such as price, supply and demand - - that are impeding access to life-saving AIDS medicines and diagnostics in developing countries. UNICEF is very proud to be part of this creative initiative that promises to save lives and bring hope to millions of children and families around the world.”
The Clinton Foundation, Global Fund, World Bank and UNICEF are committed to exploring additional forms of cooperation to expand treatment access.
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The Global Fund is a unique and independent global public-private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents a new approach to international health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases.
In 2003 the World Bank provided $18.5 billion and worked in more than 100 developing countries, bringing finance and/or technical expertise toward helping them reduce poverty. In addition to financial assistance, the Bank is also a major provider of implementation support for HIV/AIDS programs through direct provision of expertise (especially fiduciary), dissemination of good practice and lessons learned, and sponsorship of country-to-country learning. The World Bank is also working with all major stakeholders in scaling up antiretroviral therapy and its recently issued technical guide, “HIV/AIDS Medicines and Related Supplies: Contemporary Context and Procurement” sets out principles and advice to countries and has generated many messages of support and appreciation from UN agencies, donors, policymakers, and NGOs. For more on the Bank’s work in the area of HIV/AIDS, visit: www.worldbank.org/aids
UNICEF works in 158 countries to ensure that all children survive and thrive through adolescence. UNICEF’s efforts on the ground emphasize immunization and micronutrients; the best start in life, including safe water and sanitation, basic health and nutrition, and loving interaction; education for all children; fighting HIV/AIDS and caring for children orphaned by the disease; and a protective environment that shields children from abuse, exploitation and violence. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from governments, foundations, businesses and individuals.
The Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative has been at work for more than a year helping individual governments in Africa and the Caribbean to develop scalable AIDS care, treatment and prevention strategies. In the Caribbean, the Foundation is working with nine countries and three territories which together have over 90% of people living with AIDS in the Caribbean. In Africa, the Foundation is working with Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania which together have about 33% of all people living with AIDS in Africa. The Foundation is also working to change the economics of HIV/AIDS care and treatment. The first agreements it has brokered have dramatically reduced the prices of ARVs and AIDS diagnostics.
For further information, please contact:
Jim Palmer for the Global Fund (+1 202 262 9823)
Stevan Jackson for the World Bank
(+1 202 458 5054; + 202 437-6295)
Liza Barrie for UNICEF (+1 212 326 7593; +1 646 207 5178)
Joe Cashion for the Clinton Foundation
(+1 917 822 0407; +1 212 348 0276; +1 617 774 0110)