Zim gets US$65,2 million grant
Parirenyatwa, representatives from the Global Fund and Zimbabwe’s civil society signed the grant that will see a large chunk going towards fighting HIV/Aids.
Under the fund, the National Aids Council received US$32 742 685 for HIV/Aids, the Zimbabwe Association of Church Hospitals (ZACH) US$ 3 188 474 for HIV/Aids and TB while the Ministry of Health received US$ 9 230 076 and US$20 121 670 for TB and Malaria respectively.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, Parirenyatwa said the new funds would enable the government to expand its ARV programme where only 50 000 out of the targeted 300 000 people are on the life prolonging drugs.
He said Zimbabwe was aiming to have universal access to ARV treatment by 2010, but hoped to reach the target earlier with expanded support from the private sector.
“We want everybody who should be on ARV to be on ARV by 2010,” he said.” We hope we will be able to do it much earlier than that.”
The minister said it was unfortunate that Zimbabwe had its application for funds under Round 6 of the Global Fund rejected two weeks ago, but said the country was already re-looking at the application for re-submission under Round 7.
He also revealed that the country still had US$2,1 million out of the US$8 559 991 which it got under Round 1 for malaria control.
Grants released under Round 1 run for three years and are due for expiry in March next year while Round 5 funds run for five years and are divided into two phases.
The US$65,2 million fall under phase one of Round 5 that will run for two years while the second phase will run for three years.
The Global Fund grants are performance based.
Zimbabwe has failed to access funds under rounds 2, 3 and 4 of the Global Fund for various reasons.
Meanwhile, United Nations Development Programme representative, Dr Kwame Ampomah, said the new grant would go a long way in assisting Zimbabwe mobilise its resources to fight HIV/Aids, TB and Malaria.
“Zimbabwe has a good human resource base and what’s left is to mobilise resources for fight the pandemic,” said Ampomah, who is also UNAIDS country coordinator in Zimbabwe.
Established in 2002, the Global Fund is one of the biggest organisations in the world that provides funding to poor countries to fight malaria, TB and HIV/Aids which is killing about 3 000 people per week in Zimbabwe. ‘ New Ziana.