TB/HIV combined approach at the core of Global Fund's round 5

17 February 2005 ¦ The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) is issuing its call for proposals for the round 5 on 17 March 2005. (weblink) Application forms for this round should be completed by countries before 10 June. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts before announcement of the approved grants at the end of September 2005.

The Global Fund Board has underlined that collaboration between TB and HIV programmes will be vital for this latest round of applications, especially for countries where HIV/AIDS is driving the TB epidemic. Countries are called to include strategies to minimize impact of TB among people living with HIV/AIDS within their HIV/AIDS proposals. At the same time, TB proposals should be streamlined to ensure prevention, testing and counselling for HIV/AIDS among TB patients.

Through the four previous Global Fund rounds, crucial support has been channelled to governments and organizations battling with HIV/AIDS. WHO and partners have developed a comprehensive strategy for integrated TB/HIV activities. (weblink) In development of the round 5 applications, relative normative assistance will be provided by WHO and technical partners to enable countries to develop single, combined proposals for integrated responses to TB and HIV.

For more information on TB/HIV proposals, please contact Rose Pray, STOP TB Partnership, WHO (Tel: +41 22 791 3472; E-mail: prayr@who.int) and Catherine Bilger, HIV/AIDS Department, WHO (Tel: + 41 22 791 1418; E-mail: bilgerc@who.int)