The Three Diseases Fund (3DF) is a $138 million multi-donor consortium that aims to reduce the burden of communicable disease mortality and morbidity for HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria in Burma/Myanmar.
Formally established on 12 October 2006, the 3DF superseded the Fund for HIV/AIDS in Myanmar (FHAM) and filled urgent needs following the withdrawal of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in 2005.
3DF is supported by a donor consortium made up of Australia, Denmark, the European Commission (EC), the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom (UK).
Since inception 3DF has awarded grants worth almost US$115 million to 35 implementing partners for 68 projects. This made 3DF the single biggest contributor combating the three diseases in Burma/Myanmar before the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria returned in 2011.
3DF has worked with a total of 35 implementing partners for 68 projects since 2006. Through our implementing partners, 3DF targets those most at risk, with particular focus on people with limited or no access to public health services due to geographic or security constraints or because of discrimination based on factors such as ethnicity, gender or health and financial status.
In five full years of implementation, 3DF results have shown that humanitarian aid can effectively be delivered within Myanmar. Many lives have been saved. At end of June 2010 (before activities started to be transferred to the Global Fund), 3DF was supporting 29 HIV projects, 13 TB projects, 18 malaria projects (including new projects to combat drug resistant malaria until December 2012) and 4 integrated projects.
A Fund Board is set as the governing body of the 3DF on behalf of the Donor Consortium. Composed of donor representatives and independent experts, the board is responsible for setting policy, approving grants and overseeing the independent monitoring and audit of activities supported by the Fund. The board ensures that the policies of each individual donor are taken into account in all activities.
The office of an independent Fund Manager‚ administered by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)‚ operates in Yangon. It is comprised of a team of technical and support staff who handle the day-to-day management of 3DF according to priorities set through the Consortium and Fund Board.