Zim Loses Round 10 Of Global Fund

Under the lost round 10 global fund Zimbabwe had applied for US$170 million for HIV and US$50 million for TB.

In a separate interview with Radio VOP the NAC chief Executive Dr Tapiwa Magure said the country was saddened by the development.

“After receiving the regret message from the Global Fund we are now looking at funding gaps in our programmes. Even though the money we had applied for was not going to cover everything but we are devastated.

“What it means now is that we have go back to the drawing board and re-strategise and forego some important activities after the prioritisation, “said Magure.

“What happens is that they just inform you that your application was not successful before sending you a detailed document telling you the shortfalls and we are waiting for that, “he said.

An official within the Ministry of Health who declined to be named said the reasons for the rejection of Zimbabwe’s global fund application were political.

“…All donors including the Global Fund who have been forthcoming are now backtracking because of the proposed elections and political instability looming. This has happened before. They are playing a let’s wait and see game. We need political stability and economic growth if we are to get these donors,” he added.

In 2008 Zimbabwe was accused of abusing part of the Global fund meant for AIDS patients when it was channelled to the government through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe