|Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2016 at 4:45 AM|
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.
CITAMplus Zambia Policy and Advocacy Officer
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