World Fund gives Mali 34 billion CFAF for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis treatment

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government and the World Fund for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis signed an agreement for 34 billion CFAF to strengthen the fight against HIV/AIDS in Mali, sources close to the Malian ministry of Health told PANA on Thursday.

The agreement was signed Wednesday by the Secretary General of the Malian Health ministry, Salif Samaké, and the head of the World Fund team for West Africa, Nicolas Cantau.

The 2018-2020 HIV and Tuberculosis aid from the World Fund, whose goal is to completely eradicate the two pandemics, is divided into different components, treatment and prevention of the diseases.

About 38 million Euros, or 24.7 billion CFAF, are devoted to the treatment and prevention component of the HIV mother-child transmission, more than 7.5 million Euros, or 4.8 billion CFAF, to the HIV prevention, and more than 7.475 million Euros, or more than 5 billion CFAF, will be engaged to fight efficiently against tuberculosis.

From 2005 to 2017, the Fund managed to raise about 100 billion CFAF to carry out the fight against the pandemics, representing 94.6% of the overall contribution of partners, 81.6% from all external financing and 65% from all expenditure, according to the Malian ministry of Health which indicates that the resources from the World Fund helped in the fight against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

The financial supports from the World Fund enabled Mali to have significant results in the fight against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

According to the Malian ministry of Health, the number of screened patients and the patients under HIV/AIDS treatment rose from 5,291 in 2010 to 6,776 in 2016, the number of tuberculosis affected patients treated successfully rose from 4,074 in 2010 to 5,184 in 2016.

The same sources say that the achievement rate of HIV test within tuberculosis-affected patients, which was 43% in 2010, reached 59% in 2016.

As for the number of screening sites, from 26 in 2005, it rose to 225 in September 2017, that of the mother-child transmission prevention sites, from 59 to 693 over the same periods.

From 14 in 2005, the HIV treatment sites rose to 95 in 2017 and the number of people living with HIV under treatment from 6812 in 2005 to 40,898 in 2017.

Over this year, Mali is considering raising 47 million Euros, or more than 30 billion CFAF within the framework of the fight against malaria, which is a serious public health problem, says the ministry of Health.
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25 يناير 2018 15:45:49

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