Tajikistan to receive about $35 mln from Global Fund for health reforms
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 25/ Trend/
Tajikistan will receive about $35 million for health reforms within the second phase of the Global Fund's 8th funding round, Asia-Plus reported on Friday.
During the document-signing ceremony on Nov. 24, Deputy Health Minister Saida Jobirova expressed hope that Tajikistan would achieve more success within the second phase of the Global Fund grants' implementation.
"We will be able to construct new modern lab, improve medical treatment and reach the new level of fighting HIV, tuberculosis and malaria," she said.
Alexander Zouev, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Tajikistan, appreciated Tajikistan Government's and 45 local and international organizations' support for mitigating the burden of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. He also noted that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) would support further reforms in Tajikistan's health sector.
Tajik authorities' efforts with the support of international organizations allowed to reduce the number of malaria cases in the country from 30,000 in 1997 to 16 in the first half-year of 2011.
Due to financial support from the Global Fund, it became possible to provide antiretroviral therapy to people living with HIV free of charge and increase the number of the centers for voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for HIV and the DOTS treatment centers. However, people suffering from these infectious diseases still need further systematic treatment.
Edited by V. Zhavoronkova