ZIMBABWE has been given a USD500 million grant by the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria which will be spread from 2020 to 2022.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Of the grant, USD425 034 576 was earmarked for HIV/AIDS, USD 23,771,855 for Tuberculosis and USD 51,684,333 for Malaria.
The Global Fund’s 2020-2022 allocation methodology is geared toward increasing the overall impact of programs to prevent, treat and care for people affected by HIV, TB and malaria, and to build resilient and sustainable systems for health. The allocations provide significantly more resources for the highest burden and lowest income countries, while maintaining current funding levels or moderating the pace of reductions in other contexts.
“World leaders came together at our Replenishment and made commitments to step up the fight to end these epidemics by 2030,” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “Now the real work begins. Our allocations will allow partners to expand programs that work, and to find innovative solutions for new challenges. In addition to more money, we need better collaboration and more effective programs.”
Zimbabwe in October pledged a USD1 million contribution towards the Global Fund.
THE Global Fund To Fight Aids TB and Malaria raised Zimbabwe’s ratings for being one of the countries meeting their Grant performance expectations.
Aidspan, a Global Fund independent observer, explains that every few months, the Global Fund assigns each grant a rating that measures the performance of that grant over the past few months. These ratings are A1 (“Exceeds expectations”), A2 (“Meets expectations”), B1 (“Adequate”), B2 (“Inadequate but potential demonstrated”) or C (“Unacceptable”). In the map below, we show the average rating assigned by the Global Fund since January 2010 for grants to each country. Where a country has had fewer than four ratings assigned, no average rating is shown.
In an interview with HealthTimes, the Project Manager for the Global Fund Grant at UNDP Emmanuel Boadi said despite the economic challenges in the country, the Grant is performing well and was placed into the A2 class.
“We were rated A2. The A2means the grant performed between 90 to 100 percent which is very, very important. What that also means is that whatever Global Fund has approved the budget that has been approved for the country, we can assess all the money, 100 percent. For instance, if we perform below 80 percent you can’t access the money,” he said.
Most eligible countries have increased allocations, and every region is getting more funding overall. Countries in Africa are receiving around US$2 billion more than in the previous period, and countries in West & Central Africa have the biggest increase – US$780 million. Worldwide, there are 32 countries with an increase of 40% or higher.