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The Glaser Progress Foundation does not accept grant proposals or solicitations for the Global HIV/AIDS program area.

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a multi-billion dollar international financing mechanism intended to combat these scourges by dramatically increasing the availability of funding for practical health initiatives. Unlike much international development aid, Global Fund support is available only to programs that developing countries design and implement themselves. This is an innovative and integrated approach that encourages cooperation between donors, recipient governments, businesses and individuals. The Global Fund also promotes national ownership of programs with countries writing and submitting their own proposals.

The Access Project for the Global Fund is a joint effort of the Glaser Progress Foundation and Columbia University. Founded by Rob Glaser and economist Jeffrey Sachs, the Access Project has provided support to Global Fund initiatives in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Rwanda, Angola, Namibia, and Haiti. Access Project advisers offer hands-on strategic planning to governments of developing countries and organizations applying for funding, helping to evaluate existing programs, identifying the most successful models and monitoring implementation of these new programs when funded. While this support has been successful and will continue, the project has embarked on its next phase to help countries implement and monitor Global Fund-financed programs.

Currently, the Access Project operates primarily in Rwanda. Although millions of health dollars were flowing into Rwanda, the limitations of the country's remote health centers often kept these resources from reaching those most in need. The Access Project shifted its efforts from the national to local level. Access Project is working closely with the government of Rwanda to equip the existing health system with the management support that it needs to effectively deliver and sustain essential health services throughout the country.

With this model of empowering health clinics - one by one, district by district - the goal of improving the entire country's health comes within reach. Through its efforts Access Project is enabling healthier lives and communities, facilitating development and prosperity; and making massive, sustainable, and scalable strides toward making the current crisis of AIDS, TB and malaria history - first in Rwanda, and then thoughout the world.

Access Project is housed at the Center for Global Health and Economic Development, a joint venture of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Earth Institute that focuses on mobilizing global health programs to aid resource-poor countries in addressing poverty and the burden of disease.

20012011 Access Project Grants
2001 Grant: $186,501
2002 Grant: $450,000
2003 Grant: $1,000,000
2004 Grant: $1,000,000
2005 Grant: $500,000
2006 Grant: $1,500,000
2007 Grant: $1,500,000
2009 Grant: $1,000,000
2010 Grant: $1,000,000
2011 Grant: $1,000,000

In 2008 the Glaser Progress Foundation announced creation of the Global Health Leadership Insitute in partnerhip with the Yale School of Public Health. The GHLI convenes leaders in public health from countries that have demonstrated momentum in strengthening their health care systems, a fundamental goal set out by the World Health Organization and the World Bank. Yale School of Public Health hosts a weeklong conference on campus each June. The GHLI brings together top leaders in global health to develop a set of case studies showcasing examples of innovations to improve population health. The GHLI's objectives include exploring best practices in making systemic changes to improve the health of regional populations, and identifying key future research directions to speed up improvements in health around the world.

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