A multidonor fund managed by UNICEF in Zimbabwe has gotten a major boost Thursday (Feb. 16) with new contribution from the United Kingdom.
The Department for International Development announced new funding worth 74 million pounds ($120 million) for Zimbabwe’s health sector — $80 million of which is earmarked for the Health Transition Fund.
HTF provides for maternal and child health services, and for medicines and other basic health equipment. Its objectives are to eliminate user fees for women and children, and save more than 30,000 pregnant women and children under 5.
The new fund is the latest — and largest — contribution made to HTF since its launch in November, and highlights the strong partnership between DfID and UNICEF in Zimbabwe. For the past four years, DfID has invested more than $100 million in Zimbabwe through UNICEF. The contributions have guaranteed a national supply of essential medicines and have helped prevent a major cholera outbreak in the country, among others.
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