Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Zim to get US$500m from Global Fund

Herald Reporter

THE Global Fund has approved and recommended that Zimbabwe be given US$500 million to fight HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.

The Fund’s Technical Review Panel, a grouping of health experts who scrutinise country proposals and submit recommendations to the board for endorsement, approved Zimbabwe’s application.

Once the panel approves an application, it becomes a foregone conclusion that the board would endorse it.

Zimbabwe’s previous applications, save for round one and round five, failed at the panel stage.

Chairperson of Zimbabwe’s Country Co-ordinating Mechanism and Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr David Parirenyatwa, confirmed that the fund’s panel had approved the country’s request.

He was hopeful the fund’s board, which is expected to meet on November 7, would endorse the panel’s decision.

"We are very pleased that the TRP has approved our application because funding for Zimbabwe was long overdue considering that we did not get anything from the previous two consecutive rounds, yet our neighbouring countries got funding many times compared to us.

"The country has also posted many achievements, especially in the area of HIV and Aids where we have recorded a downward trend in the HIV prevalence rate," Dr Parirenyatwa said.

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