NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- The
Global Fund to Fight HIV/Aids, Malaria and Tubercul-osis released 380 million
U.S. dollars to Kenya’s ministry of health and partners to support the war
against the three infectious diseases that are leading cause of deaths in Kenya.
Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury, lauded the new funding that covers a
three year period terming it a giant step towards elimination of HIV/Aids,
Malaria and Tuberculosis in Kenya.
new grant, we will continue to support prevention, diagnosis and treatment
interventions for HIV, TB and Malaria,” said Rotich, adding that the Global Fund
has approved 19 grants to Kenya worth 1 billion dollars since its inception in
ministry of health and partners in the civil society will utilize the new grant
to implement a host of projects geared towards reducing deaths linked to HIV,
Malaria and TB.
the government has put in place solid mechanisms to facilitate optimal use of
the new funding to fight the infectious diseases that have put enormous strain
on Kenya’s public health care infrastructure.
funding will support capacity development, training and deployment of
commodities to strengthen the fight against HIV, Malaria and TB. We have strong
measures in place to enhance absorption of the funds,” said Rotich.
African nation has strengthened its partnership with multilateral lenders in
order to bridge a financing shortfall that has undermined the fight against HIV,
Malaria and TB.
Cabinet Secretary for Health, said that sustainable financing is key to
revitalize the war against a high burden of infectious diseases in Kenya.
now is to achieve sustainable financing in order to achieve better health
out-comes in the country,” said Mailu, adding that Kenya has reformed the policy
environment in order to attract external funding to the health sector.
The new grant
from the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Malaria and TB seeks to reach 1.3 million
Kenyans living with HIV/Aids with antiretroviral therapy by 2021 while boosting
interven-tions aimed at discovering missing cases of TB.
Morrison, the Head of Global Fund’s High Impact Africa 11 Department, said that
Kenya could eliminate HIV, Malaria and TB.