Economic Action Plan 2013 reaffirms Canada's commitment to expanding prevention, care and treatment for those most vulnerable to TB, malaria and HIV/AIDS. The new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will maintain the mandate of poverty alleviation through such initiatives as supporting the health of those most in need, and help achieve greater efficiency, accountability, and focus to continue to improve the lives of people in need around the world.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's Affordable Medicine Facilities - malaria
Minister Fantino announced today that Canada is providing an additional $20 million in support to the Affordable Medicines Facilities - malaria (AMFm) initiative, managed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, bringing Canada's total support to this initiative to $40 million since 2012.
The goal of the AMFm is to save lives by making the most effective malaria medicine, artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), readily available to patients. Through an innovative approach involving manufacturers and private sector buyers, the AMFm works to reduce the price and increase the availability of ACTs in private sector outlets, a key source of medicine in many developing countries.
As part of the AMFm, recipient countries carry out activities that promote safe and proper use of ACTs. These activities include training, supervision, and marketing and information campaigns. They also include special efforts to reach more vulnerable populations to ensure that they are more aware of the effectiveness of ACTs. The program is currently operating in eight countries: Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Support to this initiative is well aligned with CIDA's Strategy to Secure the Future of Children and Youth, as well as Canada's commitment to the Muskoka Initiative, given that children under the age of five and pregnant women have the highest vulnerability to malaria. The AMFm is in line with the Harper Government's engagement with the private sector as a key development partner, as it recognizes the significant role of the private sector in the distribution of malaria medicine.
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, aims to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world's most devastating diseases and to direct those resources to areas of greatest need. With support from its partners, including the Harper Government, the Global Fund has supported HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria programs in 151 countries.
In the area of HIV/AIDS, programs supported by the fund are currently providing antiretroviral therapy to 4.2 million people to treat HIV. In the fight against malaria, recipients of Global Fund grants have distributed 310 million insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria and have treated 260 million cases of malaria.
Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation
Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
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