A leading health provider in Zambia has secured some funding for its HIV response in the African country until 2014.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malariasigned a grant agreement worth $102 million with the Churches Health Association of Zambia Wednesday (Oct. 10). CHAZ works with Zambia’s Ministry of Health in implementing HIV programs across the country, according to a news release.
The money, a consolidation of four grants, will help provide antiretroviral drugs for HIV-positive pregnant women to reduce mother-to-child transmission, and ARV treatment for 77,000 adults. It will also be used for counseling and testing, male circumcisions and HIV treatment adherence in communities.
A portion of the grant — $44 million — is “‘old money’ that had already been approved before,” Global Fund communications officer Marcela Rojo told Devex in an email.
Insufficient funding is among the major issues preventing Zambia from meeting its target of increasing the number of people on ARTs by 24 percent by 2015. The U.S. Agency for International Development has estimated the 2011 financing gap to be at $8.2 billion, AVERT reports.
Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.