hiv_aids.gifThe country’s fight against HIV and AIDS has received a major boost following the availing of a 7 million Euro grant by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the European Union (EU).

Zimbabwe is among the 7 countries in the region set to benefit from a project aimed at supporting HIV and sexual reproductive health programmes.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held in Harare, EU delegation representative in Zimbabwe, Ms Barbara Plinkert expressed optimism that the implementation of the project in the country will strengthen the capacity of service providers to implement integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services. 

The grant will be administered by the UNFPA in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare.

UNFPA country representative, Dr Basile Tambashe said in many Southern African countries, HIV and AIDS along with poor sexual and reproductive health have remained major obstacles in efforts to achieve millennium development goals by 2015.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Retired Brigadier, Dr Gerald Gwinji, who signed the agreement on behalf of the government, expressed optimism that the grant will greatly help Zimbabwe.

UNFPA and EU signed the regional level contribution agreement in December 2010.

The signing ceremony in Harare formalises implementation of the 4 year project, which will be carried out in 7 countries namely; Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Zambia, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Botswana.