Panafrican News Agency (PANA) Daily Newswire
27 April 2002

Zimbabwe Applauds Fund's Anti-AIDS Donation

Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean health officials on Saturday applauded the 22.9 million US dollar subvention from the Fund established to combat the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

They said the money, to be released in instalments over the next two years, would be used to finance programmes aimed at preventing the spread of the three diseases, which kill thousands of people in Zimbabwe each year. AIDS alone claims an estimated 5,000 people in the country every week, while thousands die from malaria annually.

Everisto Marowa, director of the National AIDS Council (NAC), said the money was badly needed to help intensify efforts to curb the spread of the incurable disease in Zimbabwe, which still continues.

"As NAC we are very happy. This is in recognition of the work done to develop our proposal. It is an achievement for all Zimbabweans, especially those that contributed to our proposal," he said.

"The challenge for us now is to deliver and achieve the intended results which is to make an impact on malaria and HIV and AIDS," he added.

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