Aids Focus

US gives Zambia $276m for HIV/Aids

2010-11-25 12:26

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Lusaka - Zambia is to receive $276m from the US government to help battle HIV and Aids, officials said on Tuesday.

US ambassador to Zambia Mark Storella said that over the past six years, Washington has contributed approximately $1bn to Zambia's national HIV and Aids programmes.

"As a result of this partnership and shared vision, the US government contribution for next year totals to $276m from 2011 to 2015," he said during the signing ceremony.

Zambia's health sector in Zambia was last year embroiled in financial scandals that led some foreign donors to withhold aid to the poor southern African country.

Storella however said that he was happy that the Zambian authorities moved swiftly to address the financial mismanagement in the health sector.

"It was not the donors that instituted the investigations but the government which is a good step. We support the efforts of the government," Storella said. Zambia, with a population of about 12 million people, has 14.3% of its citizens aged between 15 and 49 years infected with HIV.

Health minister Kapembwa Simbao praised Washington for continuing its Aidss-related assistance despite the global financial crisis and the financial scandals in the health sector.

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