Resolutions

WPR/RC53.R3

The Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria

         The Regional Committee,

         Noting that the three diseases addressed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria not only impose a heavy disease burden on the Region and have the potential to spread rapidly, they also have a significant impact on poverty;

         Recognizing that the Global Fund has the potential to reduce the financial shortfall facing AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria control programmes in the Region;

         Commending the efforts made to establish the Global Fund within a very short period;

         Appreciating the special provisions made to accommodate countries with small populations and the allowances made for multicountry proposals under provisions governing small island states;

         Further commending the efforts made by Member States to submit high-quality proposals to the Global Fund;

         Noting the high approval rate of the proposals from the Western Pacific Region in the first round of proposals;

         Recognizing the significant role that WHO has played in supporting Member States in the Region to develop good proposals;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to further review overall AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria disease control programmes and national plans, and to analyse needs and funding shortfalls;
    (2) to further strengthen partnerships through close coordination with members of country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) to ensure that the CCMs are effective in preparing comprehensive, high-quality proposals and in following-up the implementation of approved projects;
    (3) to implement approved projects effectively and in an accountable and transparent manner;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to strengthen partnerships with other agencies, such as the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS, and regional organizations, and to ensure WHO takes an active role in the country coordinating mechanisms, as part of its support for Member States;
    (2) to continue to improve communications between Member States and WHO so that accurate information on matters related to the Global Fund can be shared in a timely manner;
    (3) to support countries to implement approved projects effectively and in an accountable and transparent manner;
    (4) to work with Member States from the Region to facilitate their optimal representation on the Board of the Global Fund.

19 September 2002


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