Kathmandu: Nepal’s newly-appointed Minister for Health and Population Bhawani Prasad Khapung has decided to channel the support of Global Fund, a partnership program designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics, directly under the government to be effective from 2024.
After Khapung was sworn in, his first decision was to forward a proposal for the same to the cabinet for approval. The ministry, according to a source, is proposing to run the activities of the fund through the ministry, by setting up a separate secretariat.
Global Fund has been providing support to Save the Children, an international humanitarian organization that has been protecting children around the world for more than 100 years, to implement programs for responding against tuberculosis (TB), Malaria, and HIV in Nepal.
Save the Children has been working as the sole principal recipient (PR) of Global Fund grant in Nepal since July 16, 2015 to implement programs in all 77 districts of Nepal.
Global Fund grant is implemented in close collaboration with the three different units of the Department of Health Services, the government of Nepal, the National Center for AIDS & STD Control (NCASC), National Tuberculosis Control Center (NTCC) and Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) for HIV, TB and Malaria respectively, according to the organization.
Currently, the grant is implemented all over Nepal through the partnership with government and non-government service delivery points (SDPs), including 27 non-government organizations as sub-recipients (SRs) of the Global Fund grant, according to the official statement of the organization.
The ministry will start necessary preparations once the proposal will get endorsed by the cabinet, the ministry official told Nepal Live Today.