Twelve countries from eastern and southern African regions meet to discuss new funding model of Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

WINDHOEK: Twelve countries from the eastern and southern African regions met here over the past four days to discuss the new funding model of the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria.

Nearly two years ago, the Global Fund introduced a new funding model to deliver on the promise of partnership which created the fund in 2002.

Health Minister Richard Kamwi said in a speech read on his behalf by his personal advisor, Dr Naftali Hamata, during the closing ceremony of the conference yesterday that countries should commit themselves to use available tools to design plan and implement programmes which significantly reduce infections in HIV, TB and malaria.

In a declaration issued after the meeting, countries pledged amongst others to use all resources available to design plans and implement programmes which significantly reduce new infections in HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

The participation of women and adolescents in designing plans and implementing gender-responsive programmes are high on their agenda.

Under the new financial model, Namibia received US dollars 111.3 million (about N.dollars 1.1 billion) in total for the fight against the diseases.