Zimbabwe is set to receive more than US$450 million under the Global Fund Grant round eight with more than US$179 million having been received so far Under Phase 1 of the programme.
Stakeholders in the health sector convened in Harare for a national HIV and AIDS partnership forum which was meant to assess progress made in the fight against the pandemic.Â Â
Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting, Country Co-ordinating Mechanism Secretariat member, Mr. Rangarirayi Chiteure said the funds received under round eight phase one will be used to address critical gaps in HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, improve accessibility to high quality TB treatment and scale up effective malaria control interventions.
Various topics came under the spotlight at the forum and one of the presenters, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare HIV and TB Unit Head Dr Owen Mugurungi said in an effort to improve the anti retroviral programmes, government has decentralised the collection of ARVâ€™s.
National Aids Council Executive Director Dr Tapiwa Magure noted that Zimbabwe has made great strides in reducing new infections and has the sharpest declining prevalence rate in the region.Â Â
More than 200 000 patients are on ARV treatment in the country and the government is targeting to add 50 000 more by the end of next year.