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Expired ARVs - CITAM+ Extremely Saddened With Their Continued Procurement By Govt

Posted by [email protected] on November 21, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Press Statement

 

For Immediate Release

 

 

Lusaka, 21st November 2016

CITAM Plus has received with extreme sadness news that the Zambian government procured Antiretroviral Drugs (ARVs) that have a short shelf life-span. It is disheartening to learn that these drugs have since expired.

 

According to submissions to Parliamentary Accounts Committee by Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Peter Mwaba, it was revealed and reported in the Media that a total of K13, 750, 821 was spent on ARVs and other drugs that had a short shelf lifespan. Nathan Nhlane - CITAM+ Policy and Advocacy Officer

 

We note with dismay that government officers that are in charge of procurement would allow the procurement of ARVs, which are life pro-longing for many of our colleagues, among other drugs that have a short shelf life.

 

The acquiring of these drugs with a short shelf life at a cost of K13, 750, 821 is undesirable and posed a great danger to the consumers as their health and lives are at risk and the risk posed is unimaginable and a source of concern to us as CITAM Plus and indeed other organisations working around health as well as individuals that are HIV/AIDS Advocates.

 

As advocates, we spend our time convincing donors of the importance of contributing to the Global Fund. It is disheartening to have to fight the image of implementing countries wasting precious funds through mismanagement. We demand that Government put in place a transparent process that will build on lessons learned to reassure the public that further funds will not be wasted.

 

We wonder how and why the Zambian Government accepted such a huge consignment without taking necessary measures into consideration.

 

This is totally unacceptable and a waste to national resources that could have been used on other things especially that the country is under economic stress conditions.

 

We demand that the Ministry tells the nation why it allowed such a bad and wasteful consignment and further demand that all erring officers be disciplined so as to send a warning to others and deter further occurrence.

 

It is not long ago that we complained of shortage of ARVs and acquiring of expired ARVs which the government defended and maintained that there were no such issues. Despite our earlier warnings, it is so saddening that such has re-occurred.

 

We further wonder why the Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya told Parliament that the country had not purchased expired drugs when a day later his Permanent Secretary confirmed that indeed reports of expired drugs were true.

 

Such statements make us begin to have worries on the truthfulness of our leaders on matters of importance especially that borders on life.

Thank you

Nathan Nhlane

 

Policy and Advocacy Officer

 

CITAM Plus


Additional Links Daily Nation Newspapers https://zambiadailynation.com/2016/11/18/k13-7m-arvs-expired/

 

 

Support Global Fund By Pledging To End HIV/AIDS TB and Malaria - Zambian Govt Urged

Posted by [email protected] on September 27, 2016 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Press Statement

27th September 2016

CITAM Plus is pleased with the recent global developments as shown in financial commitments in the fight to ending epidemics; AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria under the 2016 Global Fund's Fifth Replenishment Conference.

We are delighted because our call as different organisations to global leaders has yielded positive results as we have seen these governments and donors pledge over US$12.9 billion in the fight to ending these epidemics.

The pledges that were made at Global Fund's Fifth Replenishment Conference in Montreal, Canada on 16 and 17th September 2016 are the reason we have hope that more than eight (8) million more lives will be saved as the Global Fund averts 300 million new infections as well as help build sustainable health systems.

The Replenishment Conference raised nearly $1 billion more than the previous replenishment conference in 2013, and benefitted from participation by leaders from countries all over the world, led by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Since 2002, the Global Fund has saved 20 million lives and averted 146 million new infections. In addition, the Global Fund has helped stimulate US$6 billion in domestic investments in health by low- and middle-income countries, Zambia inclusive, in the most recent three-year period.

The United States led the pledging with US$4.3 billion, approximately one-third of total funding. The United Kingdom pledged £1.1 billion, the second-largest pledge for this replenishment period; France pledged €1.08 billion, maintaining their position as the second-largest donor to the Global Fund overall.

Kenya pledged US$5 million is one of the African countries that have made their commitments to supporting the Global Fund and all pledges cover the coming three-year period.

Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Togo, Namibia and Zimbabwe are other African countries that made their contributions to the Global Fund’s Fifths Replenishment.

In Zambia, we as CITAM Plus led a walk that was graced by renowned artist and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Yvonne Chakachaka, from Cathedral of the Holy Cross to Swedish Embassy in Lusaka on 21st March 2016 pressing our leaders to pledge towards funding the Global Fund and we are glad that our and other organisations’ call has been heeded to.

In our demands during the walk, we targeted US$13 and today we are happy that US$12.9 has been reached, which is a plus to us. We now call on all those that pledged to fulfil their pledges so that 20 million lives can be saved and we can end the epidemics by 2020.

While African countries such as Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Togo and Zimbabwe were making a pledge, Zambia was not even represented at the GF Replenishment conference. It is therefore disheartening to see that the Zambian Government did not pledge to fund the Global Fund despite our several calls on it to consider funding and help saving lives. We can hope this absence was essentially due to the fact the inauguration had barely taken place.

 

We realise that though that it could have been difficult for the Minister of Health or Finance to lead the country in making the Pledge as they were just appointed, the Ministry has enough staff such as the Permanent Secretary that could have presented the nation and made the commitment.

Despite our Zambian government not being part of the pledgers, we call on our leaders to contemplate on adding its pledge too considering that the country today according to records from UNAIDS shows that we have about 1, 200 000 people living with HIV out of the total 15 million population.

We feel Zambia having such a record, it has a noble duty to stand and make its pledge and save many lives not just locally but internationally too.

Our leaders should realise that 16 000 to 24 000 people die each year due to HIV/AIDS and this is a drain on the human resource which the country needs the most for its development in various spheres such as socially and economically.

We urge the Ministry of Health through the new but able Minister who is an experienced medical practitioner, to make its commitment in this matter as the country and its people need the support of the Global Fund.

As CITAM Plus, we are further hopeful that we will end the epidemics, AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria with these pledges by 2030.

 

CITAMplus is an organization that focuses around policy advocacy and citizen led grassroots advocacy among other things. It is a partner of ACTION which is a partnership of locally-rooted organizations around the world that advocate for life-saving care for millions of people that are threatened by preventable diseases.

 

Nathan Nhlane

CITAM Plus Zambia Policy and Advocacy Officer

 

 

Global Fund Donors Pledge Nearly $13 Billion to Help End Epidemics

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Global Fund Donors Pledge Nearly $13 Billion to Help End Epidemics

17 September 2016

 

MONTREAL – At the launch of the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment, donors pledged over US$12.9 billion for the next three years, demonstrating extraordinary global commitment toward ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria for good.

 

Hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who stressed youth engagement as a key to success in global health, the conference welcomed significantly increased pledges from several donors. Canada increased its own contribution by 23 percent, many new partners pledged for the first time, and private sector contributions more than doubled.

 

The Replenishment Conference raised nearly $1 billion more than the previous replenishment conference in 2013, and benefitted from participation by leaders from countries all over the world, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

The amount raised will save 8 million lives, avert 300 million infections, and help build resilient and sustainable systems for health. The conference is only the beginning of a three-year replenishment period, and the Global Fund will actively work to gain further contributions in the coming months and years, with strong advocacy by civil society and partners worldwide.

 

Programs supported by the Global Fund have saved 20 million lives since 2002, and averted 146 million new infections since 2012. The Global Fund has also helped stimulate an additional US$6 billion in domestic investments in health by low- and middle-income countries in the most recent three-year period.

 

“We can end these epidemics for good, if we accelerate our efforts and continue to bring in new partners,” said Prime Minister Trudeau.

 

Prime Minster Trudeau’s remarks at the conference embodied a spirit of compassion and commitment to work across borders and find solutions to significant global challenges, like ending AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

 

The United States led the pledging with US$4.3 billion, approximately one-third of total funding. The United Kingdom pledged £1.1 billion, the second-largest pledge for this replenishment period; France pledged €1.08 billion, maintaining their position as the second-largest donor to the Global Fund overall.

 

Germany pledged €800 million, a 33 percent increase; Japan pledged US$800 million, effectively a 46 percent increase when measured in Japanese yen; Canada pledged $804 million CAD, a 23 percent increase; and the European Commission pledged €470 million, nearly a 30 percent increase. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged US$600 million. Australia pledged $A220 million, a 10 percent increase. All those pledges cover the coming three-year period.

 

Several low- and middle-income countries that are significantly increasing their investments in health also pledged contributions to the Global Fund, to benefit the broader work to end the epidemics globally, including Kenya’s pledge of US$5 million.

 

Pledges from private donors and innovative financing initiatives reached US$250 million for the coming three years, more than double from the previous period.

 

The Global Fund is committed to achieving maximum impact with available funds, and is constantly evolving to find innovative ways to achieve even better results with available resources. Programs supported by the Global Fund partnership have put 9.2 million people on antiretroviral treatment for HIV, provided 15.1 million people with TB treatment and distributed 659 million mosquito nets to protect families from malaria.

 

“The Global Fund is one of the most impactful investments a donor can make in global health,” said Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “The increased generosity pledged by long-standing and new donors is inspiring and will help ensure this unique partnership can continue its critical work to make the world better, safe and more equitable for all.”

 

The Global Fund partnership is committed to removing human rights barriers to health so that everyone can access the health services they need, particularly communities and key populations who are denied access due to stigma or discrimination. The Global Fund invests in many programs that specifically focus on the needs of women and girls, who are particularly at risk from HIV, TB and malaria, and works to address the gender inequalities that are major drivers of the spread of the three diseases. Ending the epidemics requires stronger systems for health, and breaking down the barriers that prevent people from accessing lifesaving health care.

 

“We have the knowledge and tools to end HIV, TB and malaria as epidemics by 2030, but we need to invest smartly and with focus to make it happen,” said Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “When we work together, we can achieve more than anyone dreamed possible.”


http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/news/2016-09-17_Global_Fund_Donors_Pledge_Nearly_$13_Billion_to_Help_End_Epidemics/

ZAMBIA SHOULD PLEDGE TO SUPPORT GLOBAL FUND - CITAM+

Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2016 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Press Statement

15th September 2016

 

ZAMBIA SHOULD PLEDGE TO SUPPORT GLOBAL FUND

As CITAMplus Zambia, we would like to congratulate President Edgar Chagwa Lungu on his re-election as Republican President and the newly appointed Health Minister, Dr. Chitalu Chilufya.

 

With that said, as CITAMplus however notes that there urgent health issues the new Minister of Health should address.

 

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria (Global Fund) must be fully funded and we need to be focused on rallying our Zambian government and the rest of the world to come up with US$13 billion for the Global Fund, which has saved 17 million lives since 2002. The Global Fund needs that money to save an additional 8 million lives as well as prevent 300 million new infections in the next three years.

 

Canada is hosting the Replenishment conference on Sept. 16. Several countries have announced generous contributions. In the last few days, there have been pledges coming of African countries such as Kenya USD 5 million, Benin USD 2 million and Zimbabwe USD1 million. Zambia has an opportunity to work with leaders from across the globe to end an incredible amount of death and suffering by fully funding the Global Fund’s $13 billion request. We know how to identify, prevent and treat these diseases. The only thing left to do is choose, to decide whether we will continue making progress or squander this opportunity. We call on all of the new Minister of Health to step up, join arms, and get the job done in pledging towards the Global Fund generously.

 

AIDS, TB and Malaria have taken, and continue to take, an incredible toll. AIDS alone has stolen the lives of 35 million people, and continues to take 1.1 million people each year. TB takes 1.3 million lives each year, down from about 2 million per year and is the biggest infectious killer on the planet. To date, there has been a Global Fund investment of USD 883,850,928 in Zambia.

 

CITAMplus is an organization that focuses around policy advocacy and citizen led grassroots advocacy among other things. It is a partner of ACTION which is a partnership of locally-rooted organizations around the world that advocate for life-saving care for millions of people that are threatened by preventable diseases.

 

Nathan Nhlane

CITAMplus Zambia Policy and Advocacy Officer

 

 

 



Zambia: AIDS Must End by 2030

Posted by [email protected] on September 1, 2016 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Press Statement

2nd September 2016

Zambia: AIDS Must End by 2030

As the nation awaits determination of the election by the Constitutional court on the petition filed against President- elect, there are issues related to citizen’s health that need to be decided upon. We can no longer afford to continue waiting for the petition when decisions around health are needed NOW!

According to the 2015 HIV estimates from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Zambia, the adult HIV prevalence stands at 12.9%. Out of this there are about 640,000 women aged 15 and over living with HIV, 85,000 children aged 0 to 14 living with HIV, around 20,000 deaths recorded due to AIDS and 380,000 orphans due to AIDS aged between 0 to 17 years old. There is still the need to step up efforts and programs to ensure that people living with HIV (PLHIV) who start treatment continue on treatment so as to avoid drug resistance and opportunistic infections such as TB as well as further spread of HIV. Although 70% of people that have been identified as TB patients are co-infected with HIV, not all that need to be screened for TB have been screened for TB making it critical for Zambia to improve diagnosis for both infections.

According to the Global Fund, 20 million people globally have been initiated on antiretroviral treatment as part of efforts that have saved an estimated 17 million lives since its founding in 2002. In Zambia there are between 1.2 million and 1.3 million Zambians living with HIV, 830,000 people are currently on ART, 91,000 new Tuberculosis smear positive cases have been detected and treated. Furthermore, for Malaria 15,600,000 insecticide treated mosquito nets have been distributed and all this is thanks to the Global Fund. To date there has been a Global Fund investment in Zambia of US$883,850,928. The Global Fund aims to raise US $13 billion to drive its work for the next 3 years, during which time they expect to save a further 8 million lives. The Global Fund is committed to “Ending AIDS by 2030” but this needs serious commitments from everyone especially world leaders. Over the years we have seen and experienced the Global Fund’s efforts in Ending AIDS by 2030, but the Global Fund Must be Fully Funded! Many recipient African countries such as Malawi, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria did make their commitment known during the last Global Fund replenishment. On 16th September 2016, there will be a Pledging Conference that will be held in Montreal, Canada, where world leaders will play their part by making known their pledging commitment to the Global Fund. During the last Replenishment conference, Kenya committed itself by making a pledge of USD $2million and on 26th August 2016, the Kenyan President set the pace for other African leaders by making an announcement that Kenya has pledged USD $5million to the Global Fund’s fifth Replenishment, in a show of clear political will by the Kenyan President.

In a meeting that took place in at the Ministry of Health in December 2014 between Zambian CSOs working around TB, HIV and Malaria led by CITAMplus with Yvonne Chaka Chaka, a distinguished artist, humanitarian, Roll back Malaria and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Good will Ambassador, and the Minister of Health and representatives of the ministry of health, there was an indication by the Minister that Zambia was going to make a pledge to the fifth Replenishment of the Global Fund in 2016. This was very exciting news to us as a constituency of people living with HIV/TB and to everyone affected by TB/HIV and Malaria. However, today the pledge has not been made public. The Pledging Conference will be held in Canada in September this year, we would like to call on the Zambia government to make their pledge and commitment known before the pledging conference.

As frontline activists, we call on the Zambian government to undertake the following:

 

1. Having been recipients of so much Global Fund support, we call on the Zambian government to make their pledge public. Now is the time because there are so many basic things that we still depend on Global Fund in order to support our people in the communities. However, the Global Fund also needs to be fully funded in order for it to support financial resource constrained countries such as Zambia.

2. It is our concern that as per ministerial speech presented in Parliament that construction of 650 health posts was not completed by April 2016; there has not been any update for these much needed services for our fellow Zambians and we call on the Ministry of Health to make known the current status of the health posts.

3. Much of the Zambian health budget depends on external support. As a country we need to take charge of our people’s health NOW by increasing domestic funding. We have an opportunity to increase domestic funding in that we are soon to have the Minister of Finance present the national budget to Parliament and the Zambian people.

If Zambia is to continue being held as a “ walking the talk nation” then not all is lost as Zambia can still make their commitment to the Global Fund during the upcoming pledging Conference as well as take more control of delivering health to its people by increasing domestic finding. Furthermore, we call on government to exercise political will so that work on the 650 health posts is completed this calendar year.

CITAMplus is an organization that focuses around policy advocacy and citizen led grassroots advocacy among other things. It is a partner of ACTION which is a partnership of locally-rooted organizations around the world that advocate for life-saving care for millions of people that are threatened by preventable diseases.

Ends…………………………

 

Issued by Nathan Nhlane

Policy and Advocacy Officer/Grassroots Manager

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An inspirational article to read

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An inspirational article to read.

"An interview with Zambian global health advocate".