By ZBC Reporter
THE GLOBAL Fund has allocated US$500 million to Zimbabwe towards the fights against HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the funds will run between 2020 and 2023.
The Global Fund is a partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. As an international organisation, the Global Fund mobilises and invests more than US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries.
The US$1 Million pledged by Zimbabwe in France for the world health conference towards this initiative trended on social media as many citizens criticised the move which has now seen the country benefiting from the program.
Zimbabwe is however among the top eight African countries facing the burden of Tuberculosis, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) 2019 report ranking TB among the top five killer diseases globally.
In light of these statistics, the government has called for the up-scaling of efforts by all stakeholders in the fight against the disease.
Speaking to the ZBC News in Harare this Wednesday, Ministry of Health and Child Care Deputy Director Tuberculosis Control, Dr Charles Sandy revealed the long term targets the nation has set for reducing TB cases.
“So far we have seen a dramatic improvement in the fight against the disease. But there is a need to channel more resources to enhance the programme. So far we have four mobile vehicles which are reaching out those who are in the rural areas,” said Dr Sandy.
Zimbabwe currently stands at 83 percent in terms of TB screening, with the exercise compulsory for people living with HIV upon a visit to government health facilities.
By ZBC Reporter