Zambia, Malawi urge quick disbursement of HIV/AIDS funds
Rosemary Musonda, Zambia's National AIDS Council (NAC) acting Director, and visiting Malawi Health Ministry Principal Secretary, Richard Pandame, expressed their fears at the end of talks between their two countries in Lusaka.
The two sides noted that a two-year work plan prepared by the Malawi Health Ministry on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was rejected by the Global Fund.
Pandame said his country was instead, advised to prepare a one-year work plan, which they were later told to streamline to half-a-year.
Musonda for his part, said Zambia had also been told to prepare a six-month new work plan for the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, which is expected to attract more than 30 million US dollars from the Fund.
Malawi and Zambia have been allocated 200 million and 119 million dollars for a five-year programme respectively, by the Global Fund.