UNITAID is an international facility recently created for the purchase of drugs against HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. In 2007, UNITAID, UNICEF and other partners launched several joint initiatives to increase access to affordable quality medicines for HIV/AIDS and Malaria.
The status report, on the right, provides the status of UNICEF pending deliveries to the various UNITAID ACT Scale-up and PMTCT Initiative countries.
UNITAID ACT Scale-up Initiative
UNITAID, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UNICEF signed a tri-partite Memorandum of Understanding at the end of 2007, enabling the UNITAID ACT Scale-up Initiative to begin. The purpose of this Initiative is to increase access to, and affordability of, high-quality Artemisinin Combination Therapies (ACTs) drugs for use in the control of malaria. UNITAID has guaranteed the funding for the procurement and delivery of ACTs to recipients in eight low- and lower-middle-income countries: Cambodia, Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sudan, Indonesia, Zambia and Ethiopia.
More information on UNICEF Supply Division and malaria medicines can be found on the Malaria Supply pages.
UNITAID PMTCT Initiative
UNITAID, the World Health Organization and UNICEF signed a tri-partite Memorandum of Understanding at the end of 2007, enabling the UNITAID-funded so-called PMTCT Initiative to start. The initiative aims to accelerate the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and the scale-up of linkages to paediatric HIV care and treatment. The overall objective of the initiative is to contribute to the acceleration of the global scale-up of national PMTCT programmes. The explicit associated benefits are improved maternal and child health and survival in the context of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services. The countries included in this initiative are: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, India, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.
More information on UNICEF Supply Division and PMTCT can be found on the PMTCT Supply pages.