MAPUTO – The Global Fund and health partners in Mozambique today launched the implementation of six grants aimed at accelerating the end of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.
The new grants will support the reduction of rates of malaria death and sickness by 40 percent by 2022 compared with 2015. The grants also aim to contribute to the reduction of new HIV infections and HIV-related deaths by 40 percent and TB death rates by 50 percent by 2020. Additionally, the resources will support improvement of efforts to find missing cases of TB.
The grants, worth US$515 million, will cover the implementation period 2018-2020 and will be implemented by the Mozambique’s Ministry of Health, and civil society organizations.
Mozambique’s partnership with the global health partners over the years has achieved great impact. Since 2013, the partnership has implemented a rapid expansion of HIV treatment, increasing number of people on antiretroviral therapy from 300,000 in 2012 to over 1,000,000 in 2017 and distributed more than 16 million mosquito nets between 2016 and 2017. As for TB, the Global Fund partnership successfully treated more than 73,000 people in 2016.
Nazira Abdula, the Minister for Health in Mozambique, said: “Support from the Global Fund, which goes back to 2002, has been fundamental in fighting HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in Mozambique. We have made significant progress against these diseases and reiterate our commitment to manage these funds efficiently for better health of our population.”
Bishop Dom Dinis Sengulane, a representative from the Mozambican civil society, said: “We will work in coordination with government agencies at all levels to form a united front in the fight against the three diseases.”
Dean Pittman, the U.S. Ambassador in Mozambique, said: “The United States is committed to this fight and to the sustained and sustainable investments required to ensure that we achieve the ambitious goals we all agree are necessary. It is imperative that all of us – the Government of Mozambique, civil society organizations, and bilateral and multilateral donors – continue to intensify and implement the commitments of our resources. It is equally important that we continue to do so in a coordinated way to ensure that each dollar invested in this fight is used most effectively.”
“Mozambique has made remarkable progress against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in the last decade,” said Linden Morrison, Head of the Global Fund’s High Impact Africa II Department “That impact is a result of the great efforts by the people of Mozambique in partnership with global health partners. Together, we can end these diseases as epidemics in Mozambique by 2030.”
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