Amref Health Africa wins Global Fund award to fight TB and Malaria in Kenya


(L) Malgorzata Matysek, World Health Organization and (R) Margaret Mungai, Amref Health Africa in Kenya, display the signed award. 

 

September 25, 2015 – Amref  Health Africa in Kenya will be the principle recipient of over $30,000,000 from the Global Fund. The award will be used to improve the diagnosis and treatment of malaria, and to improve TB case screening at the community level in Kenya over a two year period ending October 2017.

 

“Through the TB project, we have contributed towards the achievement of the national targets of improving TB treatment success by tracing and referring over 23,638 TB treatment interrupters and providing nutrition support to over 30,000 severely malnourished TB patients,” said Dr. Meshack Ndirangu, Country Director, Amref Health Africa in Kenya. “We also contributed to improved TB case finding through community screening of contacts of smear positive patients with over 2,500 TB cases diagnosed and started on treatment.”

 

Adds Dr Ndirangu, “Through the malaria grant, we have contributed to improvement of prompt diagnosis and treatments of malaria with over 170,000 uncomplicated malaria cases treated at community level. Our activities have reduced the workload at the link health facility by almost 50% and through our sub-grants we have built capacity of over 25,652 health care workers of various cadres both at the community and facility level. We have also built grant management and institutional capacity of over 50 grassroots Community Support Organizations.”

 

The Global Fund has awarded Amref Health Africa in the past for its high project performance and contribution towards the improvement of health outcomes at the community level in Kenya.

 

The signing ceremony was attended by the head of grants Mr. Mark Edington, Ambassador of US to Kenya Robert F. Codec, Ambassador of Japan to Kenya Tatsushi Terada, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, and Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury Henry Rotich.

 

The funding for the Global Fund TB and Malaria comes from the US Government, WHO, the European Union, UNAIDS, Japanese Government and the United Kingdom. The other counterpart recipients were Ministry of Finance, Kenya Red Cross Society and Kenya Aids NGOs Consortium.