Through the passing of the torch caravans in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia, the impact of the Global Fund on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria has been explained. From mid-August onward, the Torch will cross into the East African region, where a series of events will be held to show how this partnership is changing lives.
“From the beginning, communities affected by the three diseases and civil society have been at the heart of everything the Global Fund does. Aid provided by the Global Fund extends beyond HIV, TB, and malaria in Africa. We have seen positive results in the health outcomes of our communities thanks to the integrated, person-centred health services, “says Rosemary Mburu, Executive Director of WACI Health in Kenya.
A variety of partners has helped accomplish the goals of the Global Fund throughout the years, including governments, multilateral agencies, bilateral partners, civil society groups, and people affected by diseases.
“We celebrate Global Fund’s 20 years of impact in Zimbabwe. Global Fund has helped save lives. This torch is a reminder of lives saved and also the work that remains undone. During this caravan, we will have a number of activities here in Zimbabwe. We will then hand over the torch to Malawi,” Rusike said.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Zimbabwe has been removed from the global list of tuberculosis (TB) high burden countries.
We will continue to follow the torch as it travels across Africa, where there is much celebration and appreciation for the support received from Global Fund.