The Global Fund has approved 500 million USD for Zimbabwe to enable the country to fight Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is one of the few African leaders who honored his agreement by paying obligations to the Global Fund.
He was present in France in October this year, where reports claim he repaid a part of his commitment to the fund.
Zimbabwe has received $484 million from the Global Fund to cover treatments and disease control from 2017 to 2019. By paying a part of the obligation, the president triggered his eligibility for more funds.
As a result of the $500 million funds provided to cater for the next three years, the Southern African country will have an adequate supply of anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) and other vaccines.
The Global Fund released a statement which reveals that Zimbabwe will get US$425 million to deepen the fight against HIV and Aids, while US$24 million will be channeled towards the battle against tuberculosis through the provision of medication. The fight against malaria will get US$51 million.
In a statement on Wednesday, Global Fund executive director Mr. Peter Sands said: "World leaders came together at our replenishment and made commitments to step up the fight to end these epidemics by 2030.
"Now, the real work begins. Our allocations will allow partners to expand programmes that work and to find innovative solutions for new challenges. In addition to more money, we need better collaboration and more effective programmes."
Zimbabwe, which was represented at the highest level, pledged US$1 million to the Global Fund pot, which mobilised over US$14 billion from different countries and development partners.
According to the Global Fund, most eligible countries had their allocations increased, and every region will be getting more funding overall.
African countries are receiving a combined US$2 billion from the Global Fund, with West and Central African countries getting the most significant increase of US$780 million.
Worldwide, there are 32 countries with an allocation increase of 40 percent or higher.
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