As Swaziland continues to lead in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the United States Government remains firm in its partnership with the people of Swaziland, to ensure that anyone who needs critical lifesaving TB and HIV/AIDS treatment, is able to access these services. On October 14, 2015, the U.S. Ambassador Makila James, joined by the Deputy Prime Minister Paul Dlamini, the Minister of Health Sibongile Simelane, the Global Fund’s Head of Africa and Middle East Cynthia Mwase and key stakeholders in the HIV/AIDS national response, participated in a ceremonial signing of the Global Fund HIV and TB grants.
These grants, totaling US$45.7 million will address the HIV and TB response over the next three years. This funding complements the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR) contribution of nealry US$54 million for fiscal year 2015. The Global Fund and PEPFAR are collaborating closely to ensure that resources are leveraged for maximum impact to achieve an AIDS-free geneartion. Globally, PEPFAR contributes over one third of the resources available to Global Fund.