Meeting the MDG targets for TB eradication in Zimbabwe: Global Fund money is vital

Ignatius Gutsa
Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem in Zimbabwe. As of 2011, the country ranks 20th out of 22 on the list of high-burden TB countries. In 2008, Zimbabwe had an estimated 73,714 new TB cases, and an incidence of 557 per 100,000 people. To aid the national TB response in Zimbabwe, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund) supports a number of programmes. For example, funding received from Round 8 is used for strengthening and expanding the activities of the National Tuberculosis Program. This builds on activities funded under Round 5, to ensure gaps are weaknesses in TB programmes are addressed. The national TB response in Zimbabwe targets patients, and people living with HIV (PLHIV), the population at risk. Read more

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