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US $ 64 million to fight HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in Congo

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Government of Congo and health partners announced two new grants worth more than US $ 64 million to strengthen prevention and control services. treatment in order to respond to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria and to build health systems in Congo.

The two grants represent a 97% increase over the previous allocation against the three diseases and will be spent from 2021 to 2023.

UNAIDS looks forward to continuing to work closely with all its partners to accelerate the elimination of vertical transmission of HIV and pediatric AIDS in Congo and to improve access to HIV / TB programs, sexual and reproductive health and legal services for young women and adolescent girls and all groups at higher risk of contracting HIV, ”said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS.

The HIV grant will significantly increase the number of people living with HIV who know their HIV status and expand access to life-saving antiretroviral therapy, especially for pregnant women. In 2019 in Congo, only 51% of people living with HIV knew their HIV status and only 25% of people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral treatment. Only 10% of pregnant women living with HIV in Congo have been offered antiretroviral drugs to prevent the virus from being passed to their babies.

The tuberculosis component of the grant aims to boost the national tuberculosis response, increase notification of new tuberculosis cases and achieve a 90% treatment success rate by 2023, in line with the TB strategy. tuberculosis from the World Health Organization. The grant will also support the country’s efforts to improve treatment success for people with MDR-TB. The malaria grant will support the country’s goal of distributing 3.5 million mosquito nets by 2023 and expanding access to quality malaria diagnostic and treatment tools.

“In the context of the country’s financial crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsidies allocated to Congo are a breath of fresh air. They give new impetus to government action in favor of populations affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria ”, declared the Prime Minister of Congo, Clément Mouamba.

The United Nations Development Program will implement the HIV and TB grant, while Catholic Relief Services will implement the antimalarial grant.

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