Global Fund to pro­vide $255m for im­proved health fa­cil­i­ties

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Sec­re­tary Eco­nomic Affairs Divi­sion and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Global Fund signed a frame­work agree­ment to im­prove health fa­cil­i­ties in Pak­istan on Wed­nes­day. Ac­cord­ing to me­dia, the Global Fund will pro­vide as­sis­tance of 25 crores 50 lakh dol­lars to Pak­istan within three months to im­prove its health fa­cil­i­ties for dis­eases such as Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis ,Malaria and aids in the coun­try.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar and Min­is­ter of State for Na­tional Health Ser­vices Saira Afzal Tarar were also present. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the Fi­nance Min­is­ter said the as­sis­tance by the Global Fund will help con­trol dif­fer­ent dis- eases in Pak­istan added that the as­sis­tance will be uti­lized in trans­par­ent man­ner. He ac­knowl­edged that the Global Fund is known for help­ing many health prob­lems in the world and they also agree to co­op­er­ate in the field of education. Saira Afzal Tarar thanked the Global Fund for the as­sis­tance. She said it is an im­por­tant agree­ment, which will help bring­ing im­prove­ment in health sec­tor and also sug­gested that the provinces should also spare spe­cial quota for health fa­cil­i­ties in the pro­vin­cial bud­get. The Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Global Fund in his thank­ing re­marks said, the Fund is de­ter­mined to co­op­er­ate with Pak­istan. He said with this agree­ment, re­la­tions with Pak­istan will be pro­moted. He ap­pre­ci­ated that the govern­ment is pay­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion to­wards the health sec­tor. Other rep­re­sen­ta­tive has said that this is a re­mark­able agree­ment for health fa­cil­i­ties and sign­ing of this agree­ment would reg­u­lar­ize the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the global fund and Pak­istan added that we are very happy over the progress in the health field in Pak­istan and we are hope­ful for fur­ther progress in this field. At last the Fi­nance min­is­ter Ishaq Dar while ap­pre­ci­at­ing global fund for this as­sis­tance said that this is a very wel­com­ing step for those who are suf­fer­ing from dif­fer­ent dis­eases and global fund de­serves ap­pre­ci­a­tion for sign­ing this agree­ment with Pak­istan. Global Fund singed an agree­ment with Pak­istan to pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of US $255 mil­lion to fight dis­eases of AIDS, Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB) and Malaria in the coun­try.

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