Requests for cash from the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria currently total 6.4 billion dollars, a record amount that is triple the level of previous years, the fund said Monday.
The requests have been filed by 97 countries, seeking help to expand Aids treatment and prevention, distribute mosquito nets to fight malaria and widen access to TB treatment and diagnosis, it said.
The Global Fund has approved grants worth 11.4 billion dollars to 136 countries since it was set up in 2002.
It accounts for one quarter of all international donations to fight Aids, two-thirds for TB and three-quarters for malaria.
The announcement was made at the 17th International Aids Conference, running until Friday in the Mexican capital. – (Sapa, August 2008)
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