US$ 5.7 million approved for life-saving HIV drugs and suppliesJan 2, 2012
UNDP in Nepal has signed the US$5.7 million agreement with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) for Round 7 Phase 2 grant. UNDP received the first of two disbursements—US$2.4 million, from the GFATM on 19 October 2011.
With the new GFATM funds, the Ministry of Health and Population, National Center for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) and UNDP have already started the process of procuring approximately $1.5 million worth of HIV drugs and supplies, which should reach Nepal by February 2012.
As a GFATM Principal Recipient, UNDP is responsible for; procuring condoms for Most At Risk Populations; procuring pharmaceuticals and health products to enable HIV treatment, testing and counseling services; conducting supervisory visits to anti-retroviral (ARV) facilities in the relevant districts to ensure compliance with storage conditions and inventory management; and collaborating with development partners to advice in the capacity development of the Ministry of Health and Population Logistics Management Division.