ZIMBABWE has been granted $555 million by the Global Fund (GF) for the care and treatment of people living with HIV.
In an interview with NewsDay yesterday, Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCM) Secretariat co-ordinator Rangarirai Chiteure said the country had been awarded the three-year grant for projects to be implemented starting next year.
“We are going into the grant negotiation stage this month. In July, we will start preparations for the grant and this will end in December. It is a three-year grant which will be implemented from January 2014 to December 2016,” Chiteure said.
In a letter to Zimbabwe’s CCM, grant management division’s Perry Mwangala confirmed that Zimbabwe would be receiving the funds.
“Congratulations, the TRP (Technical Review Panel) recommended and the Grant Approval Committee (GAC) affirmed the full country expression of demand: $555m with $311 million indicative plus existing amount for immediate grant signing by June 2013 and the remaining $244 million as unfunded quality demand,” the letter reads.
According to Chiteure, the fund will be used to support Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) provision for over one million people as well as more than 145 000 pregnant women between 2014 and 2016.
It will also go towards supporting male circumcision initiatives and HIV prevention
services between the specified time period.
Established in 2002, the Global Fund is a global partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing resources to prevent and treat HIV, TB and malaria.