UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director commends Zimbabwe for its strong political will, commitment and sustained progress towards Getting to Zero
10 May 2013
In a meeting on 8 May 2013 with the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Hon Joice Mujuru, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Management and Governance, Jan Beagle commended the Government of Zimbabwe for its leadership in the AIDS response. She congratulated the country on the successful mobilization of US$ 311 million from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) under the new funding model. A further US$ 244 million, from Zimbabwe’s quality request, is pending the outcome of the upcoming Global Fund replenishment.
Zimbabwe is one of the most affected countries by the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The scale up of comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support has resulted in the decline of the HIV incidence rate from a peak of 5.21% in 1994 to 0.86% in 2012. The country is also committed to stopping new HIV infections among children.
The mobilisation of additional resources under the Global Fund new funding model is an illustrative example of Zimbabwe’s ability to combine political leadership, sound technical underpinning and partnership with a broad array of partners
The elimination of mother-to-child transmission is a priority for Zimbabwe. We shall continue to champion the programme.