Kenya gets Sh35 bil­lion boost for HIV, malaria fight

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - World News -

Kenya has re­ceived a bil­lion-shilling grant from Global Fund to help tackle HIV, Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB) and malaria. A Sh35 bil­lion re­quest by the Min­istry of Health was ap­proved even as some west­ern donors re­main luke­warm about sup­port­ing the coun­try’s health pro­grammes due to past cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions at Afya House. Most of the fund­ing will be used to pro­cure com­modi­ties and life-sav­ing medicines for peo­ple liv­ing with HIV, TB and malaria be­tween 2018 and 2020. The devel­op­ment is a re­lief for Afya House, com­ing just three months af­ter the US gov­ern­ment in­def­i­nitely sus­pended its fund­ing to some key pro­grammes that are de­pen­dent on donor fund­ing cit­ing wastage and theft of funds at the min­istry. Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, the char­ity has be­tween 2003 and 2016 signed 16 grants to Kenya worth $896 mil­lion (about Sh93 bil­lion).

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