17 February 2016
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, praised the support that the Global Fund extends to the member states of the OIC.
At a meeting with senior representatives of the Global Fund on 16 February, the Secretary General stressed that the OIC will continue to support the Global Fund’s efforts.
Norbert Hauser, Chair of the Board of the Global Fund, underscored the need for continued partnership, and briefed the Secretary General on new initiatives aimed at providing comprehensive and flexible response to health threats.
“We appreciate the existing partnership with the OIC and the support provided in sensitizing OIC Member States on the role of the Global Fund in global health,” said Mr. Hauser.
Mr. Hauser also briefed the Secretary General on the activities of the Global Fund, particularly about new initiatives in the region aimed at providing vital health services for refugees. He further stressed that the partnership with the OIC will also help ensure a successful Global Fund Replenishment this year and allow the continuation of funding for interventions in OIC member countries.
Mr. Hauser also met with Dr. Ahmad Mohammed Ali Al Madani, President of the Islamic Development Bank.
The Global Fund is a major supporter of health efforts in OIC member states. Today, 50 of the 57 OIC member states are implementing programs supported by the Global Fund to fight diseases and build resilient and sustainable systems for health.
With US$11.3 billion signed in grants, 2.7 million people are currently receiving treatment for HIV, 5.3 million cases of TB have been detected and treated, 320 million mosquito nets have been distributed to prevent malaria and 1.6 million orphans and vulnerable children are receiving basic care and support services.