UNDP signs US$ 4.9 million contract with the Global Fund

Mar 30, 2007

30 March 2007, Kathmandu - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed US$ 4.9 million "phase two" agreement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) as the second principle recipient (PR 2). The National Centre for AIDS and STIs Control (NCASC) signed US$ 2.3 million Individual Agreement with GFATM as first principle recipient (PR1).

Under this agreement UNDP will further support and upscale the ongoing HIV and AIDS programme. Around 20 NGOs will be reaching over 400,000 labour migrants and their families and 200,000 young people in eight districts namely Jhapa, Kathmandu, Chitwan, Rupandehi, Dang, Banke, Doti and Accham. In addition, UNDP will procure HIV/AIDS Drugs and Commodities including Anti Retro Viral (ARVs) for 2007-2008.
Earlier in June 2006, UNDP signed US$ 6.9 million agreement with DFID for continuation of services provided in 2005 to support HIV/AIDS prevention and care activities for the period of 2006-2008.

Since the identification of the first HIV positive case in the country in 1988, the epidemic has been sharply on the rise. Currently, there are 70,256 people estimated to be living with the virus in Nepal. As a key partner to the Global Fund and recipient countries; UNDP is now Principal Recipient (PR) in 30 countries; and manages 70 grants totalling around US $ 600 million for 2 years.

Reference: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) was created to increase resources to fight three of the world's most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas of greatest need. As of October 2006, the Global Fund is funding 500 grants in 136 countries, for a total amount of US$ 4.9 billion, to support the response to the three diseases.

Contact Information

For more information please contact Sangita Khadka, Development Communications Officer, UNDP Nepal, 00-977-1-5523200/1077