The Global Fund should support operational research to reach the unreached

Bobby Ramakant - CNS
Since its inception in 2001, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (The Global Fund) has saved approximately 5.7 million lives. Each day an additional 4000 deaths are averted, but in order to continue its existing programmes and rapidly scale up towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, The Global Fund needs to invest resources in operational or applied research to confirm where it gets most value for its dollar, measured in terms of protecting human rights, saving lives and preventing infections. For Dr Nevin Wilson, Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) - South East Asia office, "After the directly observed treatment shortcourse (DOTS) model was developed by The Union what new evidence has really been researched and put into practice. How is the Global Fund grant helping in implementing Principal Recipient (PR) to carry out the necessary operational research during the lifetime of their grant to provide the evidence that the intervention they have carried out works? This is especially true when we work with the community." Read more 

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