Global Fund

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Since 2003, UNDP has partnered with the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) to support the implementation of programmes targeting the three diseases in low and middle income countries.

Countries in crisis or post crisis situations face significant national capacity constraints that prevent them from managing or even receiving funds from the Global Fund to implement their HIV, TB or malaria programmes.  UNDP acts as an interim Principal Recipient in these settings, working with national partners and the Global Fund, to strengthen the capacity of the national counterparts, for them to eventually take over management, implementation and oversight of Global Fund grants. UNDP has also been instrumental in supporting the Global Fund in shaping its policies and practice on human rights and gender equality for better health outcomes.  

As of December 2015, UNDP served as the interim Principle Recipient for 48 grants in 24 countries. UNDP also manages three regional grants: one grant covering seven countries in South Asia; one covering 11 countries in the Pacific; and one covering 10 countries in Africa.  

The UNDP / Global Fund Partnership Cumulative Results Since 2003:


  • 1.8 million people currently on HIV treatment
  • 26 million people received HIV counselling and testing
  • 57% reduction in AIDS related deaths in Zimbabwe
  • 100% retention on ART after 12 months in Sao Tome and Principe
  • Transmission of HIV from mother to child eliminated in Cuba


  • 823,000 cases of TB detected and put on treatment
  • In 11 countries TB case detection rate has exceeded the global target of 70%
  • 6 countries have seen a 50% reduction in TB prevalence
  • El Salvador and Iraq have achieved a 90% treatment success rate for new smear-positive TB cases


  • 75 million cases of malaria treated
  • 47 million bed nets distributed achieving universal coverage in some countries (e.g. Zambia)
  • 6 UNDP supported countries have reduced the incidence of malaria by 75%
  • 100% coverage with antimalarial drugs in Zambia
  • No local cases of malaria reported in Kyrgyzstan since 2013
  • 62% reduction in malaria deaths in Sudan

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