Devel­op­ment part­ners pour $100m into fight against TB, Aids

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Reporter

THE coun­try re­ceived over $100 mil­lion from devel­op­ment part­ners to fight HIV and Aids in the first six months of this year, Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pa­trick Chi­na­masa has said.

Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa said the sup­port from devel­op­ment part­ners has also seen clin­ics and hos­pi­tals be­ing ca­pac­i­tated in terms of medicines, per­son­nel, equip­ment and in­fra­struc­ture.

“I want to ac­knowl­edge the strong fi­nan­cial sup­port from devel­op­ment part­ners mainly through Global Fund ef­forts to fight HIV and Aids, Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and Malaria.

“The Global Fund had dis­bursed $102,6 mil­lion by the end of the six months to June 2016, to­wards the pro­vi­sion of anti-retro­vi­ral drugs, pre­ven­tion of mother to child trans­mis­sion, male cir­cum­ci­sion and vol­un­tary coun­selling and test­ing,” said Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa in his mid-term fis­cal pol­icy re­view state­ment last Thurs­day.

He said funds from the Global Fund have also gone to­wards the pro­cure­ment of medicines for multi drug re­sis­tant TB and HIV/TB co-in­fec­tion and the dis­tri­bu­tion of 6,2 mil­lion in­sec­ti­cide-treated mos­quito nets to pro­tect fam­i­lies against malaria.

The 2016 Na­tional Bud­get, Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa said, tar­geted strength­en­ing pre­ven­tive pri­mary health care, as well as the coun­try’s pub­lic health re­fer­ral sys­tem, with pro­vi­sion of ad­e­quate medicines and sup­plies, di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment, among oth­ers.

“Within the con­text of ap­pro­pri­ated bud­get re­sources of $330,8 mil­lion, over­all bud­get dis­burse­ments dur­ing the first six months of the year 2016 amounted to $164 mil­lion, in­clu­sive of re­mu­ner­a­tion of our 26 700 pub­lic health care per­son­nel which ac­counted for $149 mil­lion,” said Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa.

He said bud­get sup­port to­wards other non-wage health ser­vices was un­der­mined by weak rev­enues.

“Con­se­quently, against a Bud­get pro­vi­sion of $53,7 mil­lion, a dis­pro­por­tion­ate amount of $15 mil­lion was dis­bursed. A to­tal of $5,9 mil­lion was dis­bursed to­wards hos­pi­tal care ser­vices while $3,2 mil­lion went to­wards pri­mary health care, fo­cus­ing on ma­ter­nal and child ser­vices and $1,3 mil­lion on pub­lic health pro­grammes,” he said

He said the Health Devel­op­ment Fund (HDF), ad­min­is­tered by UNICEF, dis­bursed $3,1 mil­lion to­wards im­prov­ing ma­ter­nal and ado­les­cent health through strength­en­ing health sys­tems and nu­tri­tion in­ter­ven­tions.

“Fur­ther­more, I am pleased to ad­vice of ad­di­tional sup­port through the HDF from the Swedish Gov­ern­ment to­wards the health sec­tor.

“In this re­gard, Gov­ern­ment and UNICEF signed an agree­ment of $24 mil­lion with Swe­den for the pe­riod 2016-2020. From the $24 mil­lion, $5,7 mil­lion will be dis­bursed dur­ing this year,” said Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa. — @pame­lashumba1

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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