Harare – The Ministry of Health and Child Care is expected to boost its health service after receiving a $483 million grant from the Global Fund to support of the National Response against HIV & AIDS, Malaria and TB.
Minister of Health and Child Care Hon. Dr. David Parirenyatwa together with the US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry Thomas, France to Zimbabwe Ambassador Richard Boidin, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Mr Bishow Parajuli, CCM Vice Chair Dr Alva Senderayi and PS for MOHCC Major General (Dr) G.Gwinji officiated the 2018-2020 Global Grants Fund Launch at the Harare International Conference Centre on Wednesday afternoon.
The Switzerland based organization whose aim is to make a transformational difference in the lives of millions affected by HIV, TB and Malaria, is one of the biggest Donors to Zimbabwe since 2002 contributing more than $1 billion to the Health Sector.
“Zimbabwe since 2002 received more than $1 billion dollars through the Global Fund, over the years the Global Fund has increased its support to become the largest donor partner in the Health Sector in Zimbabwe”.
According to the Global Fund “Zimbabwe has successfully scaled up interventions to respond to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria and has recorded a 30 percent increase in the number of people on antiretroviral therapy in 2014 and 2015, and has achieved almost universal diagnosis of malaria cases before treatment.
The country continues to invest in strengthening health systems through retention of health care workers, building community health systems and scaling up programs for HIV, TB and malaria. The country’s leadership role in increasing domestic financing through the AIDS levy is regarded as an international best practice”.
The British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Catriona Lang in a statement read on her behalf encouraged the Zimbabwean Government to use the funds responsibly.
Despite claims of funds misuse by Government Officials in the country the French Ambassador to Zimbabwe Richard Boidin said “I have no doubt that this contribution by the GF to Zimbabwe will be used in the most efficient way”
He also added that his country contributed 27.6 million US Dollars to Zimbabwe from 2006 to 2016 and will be adding 65 million US Dollar through the Global Fund.
The US remains the biggest contributor to the Global Fund, contributing more than 4 billion Dollars and its government has commended the Health Ministry for a notable improvement in service delivery ,“Zimbabwe has achieved a significant progress in the recent years” said Ambassador Harry Thomas
In Zimbabwe 88% of people diagnosed of Tuberculosis have HIV infection according to the World Health Organization Report, and Malaria related deaths increased in the period 2016-2017 from 61 deaths per year to 116 in 2017.
The UNAids 90-90-90 target calls on countries to ensure that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy’s viral load would be suppressed.