patients.jpgThe Department of International Development (DFID) has announced a $120 million health assistance fund to support local health delivery sectors.

Announcing the package at a ceremony held at Harare Central hospital, Permanent Secretary in the department, Mark Lowcock said $80 million will support the recently established Health Transition Fund and will be managed by UNICEF, while $30 million will be set aside for the procurement of anti-retroviral drugs for both adults and children.

The other part will go towards revitalising Community Health Centre Committees across the country.

“I am delighted to announce such a siginificant investment in health care in Zimbabwe and we hope that the funds will go a long way in assisting vulnerable people and ensuring that many more Zimbabweans have access to basic services such as health care, education, clean water and sanitation.” Lowcock said.

Receiving the package on behalf of the government of Zimbabwe, Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Henry Madzorera said the support announced by DFID will make it possible for the government to eliminate user  fees for pregnant women and children under five.

Dr Madzorera commended DFID’s  support on health promotion, disease prevention, curative services and rehabilitation services in the country.

Between 2009 and 2011 DFID injected $7 500 000 to assist Zimbabwe retain medical staff through the health worker retention package.

Since 2010, the organisation has been providing ARV’s to 50 000 people in the country.

Analysts have however emphasised the need for government to utilise locally available resources to finance health care.