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The The Global Fund is an independent, non-profit foundation that was incorporated in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2002. Its purpose is to attract and disburse additional resources to more successfully prevent and treat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Being mainly a financial institution and not an implementing entity, it has no physical country presence but works through collaborations with country-based partners.
The Global Fund thus provides grants to local development programmes while working together with governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the private sector, development agencies and the com-munities affected by these diseases.
To ensure high levels of accountability, efficiency and the effectiveness of the programmes receiving funding, the Global Fund uses a performance-based funding model. This means that partners are supported according to the results they achieve, which are linked to an effective monitoring and evaluation system.
The fight against communicable diseases belongs to the core priorities of Swiss development cooperation in the health sector. It is linked to the objective of reducing inequity and strengthening health systems by making their services more responsive to the needs of the poor.
In fighting HIV and malaria, Switzerland operates both at the country and at the international level. It fosters exchanges and synergies between the two levels to enhance coherence in its actions and in those of its partners. Working with the Global Fund is highly advantageous for Switzerland in working towards its objectives for health cooperation. In partnership with key stakeholders, this organisation is a leader in its area of expertise; it has a unique fundraising capacity and a highly inclusive governance system.
Please find more information about the Swiss cooperation with the Global Fund in our factsheet.
The SDC Programme Manager for the Global Fund is Carla Koch