Zim set to benefit from global fund, UNDP PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 18:57

Zimbabwe is set to benefit from additional funding of US$143 million from the global fund and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help sustain and strengthen existing HIV prevention and treatment services in the country.

Zimbabwe is one of the few African countries that managed to contribute towards the global fund replenishment account.

Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the country is beginning to enjoy membership benefits as evidenced by the extension of the grant.

The UNDP and the global fund have committed to contribute an additional funding of US$143 million to help scale up the fight against HIV.

The one year grant will run from this month up to December.

This year’s health budgetary allocation since the bulk of it will be gobbled by salaries says Dr Parirenyatwa.

Zimbabwe has recorded one of the sharpest declines in HIV prevalence in the region in the past few years but at 15% the country is still ranked among countries with the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world.

The HIV grant will increase access to HIV treatment, with a particular focus on the elimination of mother-to-child transmission, expanding HIV testing and counselling services and scale up of prevention for adolescents and out of school youth.

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