Effectiveness Of Performance-Based Funding To Fight HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria

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"Making Performance-Based Funding Work for Health," PLoS Medicine: Daniel Low-Beer of the Judge Business Schoolat Cambridge University and colleagues examined the effectiveness ofperformance-based funding to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malariain developing countries. The researchers examined performance-basedfunding allocated by the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,which provides money based on demonstrated results and progress towardgoals that are set during the initial grant agreement.

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The study foundthat 75% of country programs reached their goals and used funding todeliver HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria services. It also found that 21% ofthe country programs did not reach their goals but demonstrated thepotential to increase treatment and prevention efforts and meet futuregoals. Four percent of the programs had inadequate results, accordingto the study.

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the poorestone-third of participating countries performed no worse than wealthiercountries or other regions, according to the study. The researcherssaid that performance-based funding is effective if goals are set andcountries work toward their goals based on individual circumstances.The study concluded that performance-based funding provides anincentive to scale up the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria(Low-Beer et al., PLoS Medicine, August 2007).

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