June 13, 2017
Written by Michael Gwarisa
This article originally appeared on HealthTimes. Reposted with permission.
The United States government (USG) says it will pour in an additional US$150 million towards HIV prevention programs in 2017 amid calls by local implementing partners to increase funding to wards prevention initiatives.
Briefing journalists this morning (06/06/2017), the USG Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Caroline O’Connel said the additional US$150 million injection would reach out to not less than 2.5 million people.
“The epidemic control for HIV is really dependent on a consortium of a different groups. We start with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), implementing partners faith based community, Civil Service Partners, Private Sector and the international community.
“The United States through the PEPFAR program, through USAID and our implementing partner here at New Start Centre, PSI are pledging over a US$150 million that we will be using over the next 12 months to reach and test close to 2,5 million people in 2017,” said O’Connel.
She added that the US government will also be increasing funding in 2018 especially along services such as medical male circumcision and adolescents testing.