Zimbabwe Contributes US$ One Million To The Global FundDec 6, 2013
Zimbabwe continues to show leadership in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, this time with a contribution of US$ 1 million to the Global Fund. The contribution derives from Zimbabwe’s innovative National AIDS Trust Fund, created in 1999.
“We are at a time when we can make a transformative difference in the fight against the three pandemics,” said Dr. David Parirenyatwa, Minister of Health and Child Care, of Zimbabwe. “Zimbabwe is making this contribution because we understand that shared responsibility is a key factor to defeat the diseases both domestically and globally”.
The pledge has been announced ahead of World AIDS Day and the Fourth Global Fund Replenishment meeting to be held in Washington DC, on 3 December. The contribution demonstrates Zimbabwe’s commitment to work in partnership against the diseases.
This is the second time Zimbabwe is contributing to the Global Fund. The first time was in 2003 when Zimbabwe made a contribution of $1 million.
“We are very grateful to Zimbabwe for the announcement made today,” said Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “Zimbabwe’s pledge demonstrates that it is possible to continue to step-up the fight and together we can make a difference”.
Since 2003, the Global Fund has approved US$850 million to Zimbabwe for the three diseases. Zimbabwe’s increasing national ownership constitutes an example in the region of how health systems can be strengthened and diseases tackled.
Zimbabwe’s AIDS levy has increased significantly since the adoption of the multicurrency system in 2009, from US$5.7 million in 2009 to US$ 26.5 million in 2012. Projections indicate that Zimbabwe’s AIDS levy will grow to US$ 33 million in 2013 to US$ 47 million in 2016. Other countries in the region are considering emulating Zimbabwe’s model.
Through Global Fund-supported programs and with support from other partners, Zimbabwe has been able to place over 630,000 people on ARV treatment, detected and treated 25,200 cases of TB, and has distributed 4.2 million insecticide-treated nets.