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[e-drug] Independent Evaluation of the AMFm Pilot Phase

E-DRUG: Independent Evaluation of the AMFm Pilot Phase

Global Fund Announcement:

Date : 19 July 2012

Geneva - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today made 
public a preliminary report of an independent evaluation of the pilot phase of 
the Affordable Medicines Facility - malaria, also known as AMFm.

The Global Fund commissioned the independent evaluation to assess the extent to 
which AMFm has achieved the main objectives laid out for its pilot phase, which 
ends in December 2012. The independent evaluation was mandated by the Global 
Fund Board and will inform its decision in November 2012, when the Board is 
expected to consider the future of AMFm beyond the pilot phase.

The preliminary report is now available here: 
http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/amfm/independentevaluation/. The final report 
will be available in late August.
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The goal of AMFm is to improve access to artemisinin-based combination 
therapies (ACTs), the most effective anti-malaria treatment, saving lives and 
delaying the onset of widespread resistance to this class of medicines. The 
AMFm pilot phase was launched in April 2009 and began operations in July 2010. 
It set out to increase availability, particularly through private outlets where 
most people seek their treatments, and drive down the price of ACTs through a 
factory-gate global subsidy of ACTs combined with country-level measures to 
support its implementation.

The AMFm pilot phase currently operates in seven countries: Ghana, Kenya, 
Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. The independent evaluation 
assessed the program in each of the pilot countries.

To date, AMFm has subsidized nearly 270 million ACT treatments. This global 
subsidy is financed through contributions of US$336 million from UNITAID, the 
governments of the United Kingdom and Canada, and the Bill & Melinda Gates 
Foundation. Technical support is provided by members of the Roll Back Malaria 

The independent evaluation of the AMFm pilot phase was led by a consortium of 
ICF International and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which 
were contracted through a competitive tender process. In addition, the Global 
Fund contracted Data Contributors that were responsible for the fieldwork, data 
analysis, and country reports.

Silas Holland
Specialist, Operations and Coordination
Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm)

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