Malawi commits US$ 1 million towards global fund's seventh replenishment

Government of Malawi has reaffirmed its commitment to use its Global Fund allocation for the intended purpose and benefit Malawians from the grassroots level.

President Lazarus Chakwera made the remarks Wednesday during the Global Fund pledging conference hosted by the US President, Joe Biden on the sidelines of UN Annual General Assembly in New York.

He said his government has re-doubled its commitment to fight against Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS by pledging US$ 1 million at the Global Fund's Seventh Replenishment Conference. 

The President added that the investment in building resilient and sustainable health systems was critical in defeating Malaria, TB and HIV and Aids hence the increased contribution.

Chakwera announced the increase of Malawi’s contribution of US$ 1 million towards the sevenths Replenishment from US$ 500,000 towards the fight against Malaria TB and HIV and Aids.

He told the gathering that an initial budget of K 171 million was factored into the Ministry of Health in the 2022/2023 budget allocation with prospects of progressively including ART funds.

President Lazarus Chakwera addresses the Global Fund pledging conference in New York -by Lisa Malango

The Malawi leader disclosed that his government would ensure that the resources committed towards this initiative are used for the intended purpose and that no waste of resources would be tolerated under his administration.

At the Global Fund pledging conference World leaders from different countries took turns to make their pledges towards the fight against Malaria TB as well as HIV and Aids to show their solidarity towards the initiative.

The funds strive to ensure that 90 percent of national populations know their HIV status and that 90 percent of those diagnosed reactive to the virus are on ART and that 90 percent of the ones on ART achieve viral suppression.  

The Seventh Replenishment Global Fund Conference is meant to raise over US$18 billion which will assist and make the world healthier, safer and more equitable by 2030. 

The Global Fund mobilizes resources from countries globally and to re-channel them to different countries of the world that are most needed including Malawi.