Malawi has launched the new $524million (K396.3billion) Global Fund grants that will support government’s efforts to end malaria, HIV and Aids new infections and tuberculosis (TB) by 2030.
The funds, whose principal recipients are World Vision Malawi and the Ministry of Health will support the country’s malaria, HIV and Aids and TB projects from January 2021 to June 2024.
The ministry has been allocated $414 million for HIV and TB programmes and $54 million for malaria while World Vision, which emerged successful in its application as principal recipient for the new grants, has received $20 million for HIV and TB programmes and $36 million for malaria programmes.
Speaking in Lilongwe yesterday during the launch, Minister of Finance Felix Mlusu commended Global Fund for supporting Malawi’s fight against the diseases, saying: “Through their support, our country has a continuous supply of TB and malaria drugs and arvs.”
On her part, Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda commended Global Fund for entrusting government with the funds while World Vision Malawi board chairperson Lucy Kachapila said her organisation will ensure that the money is used for the intended purpose.
US Government representative at the event, Uchechi Roxo, said they want to see Malawi become malaria free by 2030 but also curb new HIV and Aids and TB infections.
Malawi has been a beneficiary of the Global Fund grants since 2003 and Global Fund has so far injected over $1.6 billion.