Zimbabweâ€™s chances of getting funding under the Global Fund have been reignited after the country received the green light to apply for HIV, TB and Malaria funding under the National Strategic Application which will close on the 23rd of this month.After failing to qualify for funding under the Global Fund Round 10, Zimbabwe has been given another chance to apply for HIV and TB funding under the national strategic application.
Speaking on the sidelines of a media briefing organised by the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAFAIDS) in Harare, the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism Coordinator, Mr. Rangarirai Chiteure expressed optimism that the country will be able to produce a sound proposal this time around.
â€œWe are happy that we now have another chance to apply for funds under the national strategic application. The applications are closing on the 23rd of February and we are optimistic that by then we will have finalised an impressive document,â€ said Mr. Chiteure.
Zimbabwe has recorded significant progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS and had applied for US$170 million for HIV and US$50 million for TB.
Only the malaria proposal was successful and the country will receive US$24 million under Global Fund Round 10.
Stakeholders in the health sector said the rejection by the Global Fund to support HIV and AIDS and TB programmes under Round 10 will have negative implications andÂ the health sector will be forced to reprioritise and focus on a few issues as the budget is now limited.
At least 1.7million people are suspected to be HIV positive in Zimbabwe against an estimated population of 12 million people.
The Health and Child Welfare Ministry received US$196 million against US$500 million the Ministry had applied for, while the AIDS Levy has so far raised $16 million.