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Towards virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Conclusions of the Global Fund workshop on quality prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and the re-programming exercise of its grants in Africa

A press briefing on the key issues discussed and consensus reached at the Global Fund workshop (26-28 May) on quality PMTCT of HIV, and the re-programming opportunities with the grants in 20 focus countries   in Africa.
13:00 – 14:00, Thursday, 27 May 2010

Laico Regency, Nairobi, Kenya


  • Dr. Fareed Abdullah, Director, Country Programmes, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Mr. Pradeep Kakattil, Chief of Aid Effectiveness and Country Capacity Division, UNAIDS
  • Dr. Nathan Shaffer, PMTCT Team Leader, HIV Department, WHO
  • Dr. Chewe Luo, Senior Advisor on HIV and AIDS, UNICEF
  • Dr. Tapuwa Magure, Director, National AIDS Control Council, Zimbabwe
  • Ms. Morolake Odetoyinbo, PATA, Nigeria
  • Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, Head of National AIDS, STI Control Programme, Kenya

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is an international financing institution that invests the world’s money to save lives. To date, it has committed US$ 19.3 billion in 144 countries to support large-scale prevention, treatment and care programmes against the three diseases.

In Africa, 20 counties share over 85 per cent of the global burden of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT), and are focus countries of the Global Fund. In order to improve the quality and scale of PMTCT programmes, the Global Fund has identified various re-programming opportunities with its grants in these 20 focus countries. The re-programming is expected to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of PMTCT components in global HIV grants by making new budget allocations and re-allocating the budget already approved.

Working with UN partners, such as UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA, the Global Fund has been planning and implementing the re-programming exercise, as well as formulating plans for its Round 10 funds distribution. This three-day workshop is an opportunity for those involved in the HIV/AIDS prgramming in the 20 countries to come together, to discuss pros and cons of various strategies, to identify needs of technical support, and to develop an implementation plan that all partners can support. It is anticipated that by the end of the gathering, sound strategies and consensus will be reached to help the countries develop proposals for the Round 10 distribution, and for the ongoing PMTCT grants re-programming.

For more information / interview request, please contact: 

In Nairobi:
Karusa Kiragu, UNAIDS,
Tel + 41227912167, kiraguk@unaids.org

Nathan Shaffer, WHO,
Tel + 41227913295, shaffern@who.int

Chewe Luo, UNICEF,
Tel + 19172144871, cluo@unicef.org

Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha, UNICEF,
Tel +254 722721357, dmbori-ngacha@unicef.org

Tel +254 734813983, kli@unicef.org




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