The Global Fund last December allocated a grant of US$ 770 million (49.1 billion meticais) to the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) to strengthen the national response to the HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis epidemics over the next three years.
The Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) is the body that coordinates the implementation of the programmes funded by this global initiative to control the three diseases. To this end, the health sector and partners are discussing priorities for the use of the amount allocated to Mozambique in responding to the objectives and challenges during the period 2024-2026.
The allocation of the amount takes place in a context where malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS remain the main causes of hospitalisation in health facilities.
Last year alone, the sector registered an increase in the number of malaria cases, by diagnosing more than ten million patients with the disease, against the approximately eight million notified in 2021.
Regarding HIV/AIDS, despite the reduction in prevalence among adults, which fell from 13.2 percent to 12.4 percent, the country is still among those with the highest rates of new infections, about 98,000.
On the other hand, Mozambique has achieved significant advances in the cure rate of patients with tuberculosis, reaching over 90 percent, thanks to the introduction of new therapeutic models for people at risk.
Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Francisco Mbofana, president of the MCP, said that meetings are being held to identify priorities to be presented at the highest level.
“The results of the national dialogue will be the priorities of the country in relation to the programmes for these diseases, aligned with the government strategies for HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, in order to develop a plan that will be presented to the Global Fund,” explained Francisco Mbofana.
The source noted that the amount is making a significant contribution to the progress made in reducing mortality caused by malaria and increasing adherence to HIV/AIDS prevention mechanisms in the country.
“The high numbers announced are a result of increased access to diagnostic methods. But there are also massive mosquito net distribution campaigns that contribute to the recession of malaria cases,” he concluded.
The Global Fund grant coordinated by the CCM is currently implemented by four organisations: Ministry of Health (MoH), Health Collaborative (CCS) and Foundation for Community Development (FDC).