Tanzania keen to learn from Zimbabwe’s Aids levy strategy
HARARE – A delegation from Tanzania’s Commission for Aids (TACAIDS) is in Zimbabwe to learn the concept of Aids levy from the National Aids Council of Zimbabwe (NAC).
The delegation, which is headed by TACAIDS’ executive director, Dr Leonard Maboko, came in the country yesterday and will be leaving on Friday 23 June.
In a side line interview during a board meeting at NAC offices today, Dr Maboko told The Southern Times that his country is keen to learn on the concept of establishing the Aids levy, its operational strategy and legal structures.
“We are here to learn and gain some experience in managing HIV and Aids issues, particularly in the Aids levy. We thought it would be better for us to learn from Zimbabwe considering that the country is successfully managing the Aids levy strategy. So we are here to learn how Zimbabwe managed to establish the Aids levy, their operational and legal structures,” said Dr Maboko.
He said his country has just approved the establishment of TACAIDS which is similar to NAC and he hopes the visit by his delegation to Zimbabwe will improve its operations.
“TACAIDS was approved by law on papers in 2015 for us to be established as an organisation. The board of trust fund was also approved in July last year and officially launched in December last year,” he added.
Dr Maboko urged all Southern African countries to domesticate funding for health and HIV and move away from depending on donor funding.
The Aids levy in Zimbabwe was introduced in 1999 and became effective in January 2000 ushering a new dimension to funding of the country’s HIV and Aids programme to date.
The development has seen other African countries coming to Zimbabwe to learn about the programme’s management, operational and legal framework namely Kenya, Botswana, Uganda and Zambia.