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 staff writer for Devex. She covers breaking international development news in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and the Pacific for the Development Newswire, often focusing on aid worker security. Jenny is also a regular contributor to the GDB and other Devex publications.