Zambia: NGO Hails Global Fund Grant

YOUTH Vision Zambia (YVZ), a non governmental organisation involved in reproductive health services has praised the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and malaria for giving Zambia a grant of US$102 million (about K500 billion) for HIV/AIDS programmes.

YVZ executive director Amos Mwale said the Global fund's continuous support to the health sector in Zambia was commendable and that it would help reduce HIV infections.

Mr Mwale said in an interview in Lusaka that it was also commendable that the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ) would be responsible for the disbursement of the grant funds.

"This would enhance more prevention work to be done and reduce the number of HIV cases. There are more funds for testing and treatment," he said.

He said the other important component which would be included in the project was community mobilisation which was missing and an important factor in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Mr Mwale also observed that funds would be given out to vulnerable children to continue with school thereby enhancing the well being of people.

"We urge the recipient of these funds to use them for the intended purposes and that there should be a difference in the next four years as we should be able to reduce infections," he said.

Mr Mwale also commended Vice-President Guy Scott for appealing to the private sector to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

He said Dr Scott's advice was timely and should be embraced by the private sector so that the majority of Zambians should lead a healthy and productive life style.

From the grant, over 404,275 people would be counseled and tested, 80,479 placed on treatment, 84,000 males circumcised and 70,050 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) receive care and support.

Health Minister Joseph Kasonde said the signing of the single stream funding grants which brought K500 billion into Zambia would target high impact areas to support efforts in the fight against major diseases.

Dr Kasonde said Zambia was privileged to have been a recipient of GF grants since inception in 2002 in which K2.5 billion had been disbursed helping the country in areas of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria fight.

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