THE Global Fund has given Zambia US$36 million as additional funding towards the strengthening of malaria elimination and HIV /AIDS programmes in the country.
The funding is additional to the current grant cycle of US$270 million for 2018, 2019 & 2020 periods.
Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya says the release of funds to the Government is exhibiting donor confidence in
President Edgar Lungu’s administration and portfolio optimization.
He said the additional fund has come at a right time and that it is in line with the President’s program for malaria elimination and epidemic control of HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Chilufya has said Government has prioritized global health diplomacy in health system strengthening.
He was speaking when the Global Fund paid a courtesy call on him by a team led by Professor Ronald Heifetz from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Prof. Heifetz said the Global Fund will always welcome to work with the Zambian Government on various health programs.
He further noted that GF will remain a strategic partner to the Government of Zambia so as to help the country attain other health aspirations.
Meanwhile, the Minister added that this is a critical investment in disease surveillance and intelligence.
“Zambia has enhanced and prioritized public health security as our neighboring countries are currently battling with public health challenges like Ebola, measles polio and yellow fever and measles” he said.
He added that President Edgar Lungu has emphasized the need for public health security and that the Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI) has set up a Disease Intelligence Unit, a disease surveillance that looks at epidemic preparedness and response.