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ZIMBABWE is one the countries in the world which have put HIVAIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants into good use, a top Global Fund official has commended.

Zimbabwe gets at least 35% of its AIDS funding from the Global Fund which is a pool of international donors assisting developing nations in the fight against AIDS, Malaria and TB.

The visiting French Ambassador for HIVAIDS, TB, Malaria and transmittable diseases, Philippe Meunier, who also sits on the Global Fund board, told reporters after meeting with the health minister David Parirenyatwa in Harare recently that they were impressed with how Zimbabwe was managing the grants.

France is the second largest contributor to the Global Fund.

“Zimbabwe is doing well. I do not want to be too technical. We changed the procedure of Global Fund to what we call the new funding model and Zimbabwe was one of the countries which were chosen in experimenting the new model.

“We rely on Zimbabwe and we are really making progress,” said Ambassador Meunier.

He said there were however, some loopholes in Zimbabwe’s diseases and epidemiology management programming, and encouraged government to continue improving.

“Of course nothing is perfect, we can probably improve on some aspects, but we have a good Country Coordinating Mechanism in Zimbabwe and let’s continue to work on that”.

The French envoy said there were good HIV and AIDS practices in Zimbabwe they were going to take to Francophone Africa.

“Your experiences here can be useful to other countries including those in the French speaking African countries and other African countries as well,” he said.

One of the sustainable AIDS funding projects which Zimbabwe is always commended for initiating, and which other regional countries are copying is the AIDS levy which is a domestic source of funding for AIDS programmes.

Under this programme government deducts 3% from salaries of formal workers and channels it towards AIDS management programmes.

Although the Zimbabwean system has been questioned by many locals because of its many problems other countries have copied the procedure.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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