Venezuela awaits the approval of a grant of more than 37 million dollars from the Global Fund for HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which recently visited the country to meet with government officials and UN representatives, with the aim of evaluating future actions, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) reported on Wednesday.
Between August 28 and September 1, five representatives of the Global Fund held in Caracas an “intensive series of working meetings” with UNDP, which will be the “main recipient of the grant,” which “will exceed the 37 million dollars”, according to a press release from the UN program.
He assured that this month “the necessary guidelines for the approval” of the subsidy will be refined, with which it seeks to promote the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and reduction of mortality from malaria, tuberculosis and HIV throughout the country, with “special attention in pre-established areas given their epidemiological profile and incidence”.
The UNDP pointed out that, for the fight against malaria, the states of Amazonas, Bolívar, Sucre and Delta Amacuro have been prioritized, while the “work in relation to HIV will focus” on the cities of Caracas, Valencia (Carabobo) and Maracaibo ( Zulia).
The representatives of the Global Fund also met with the sector vice president for Science, Technology, Education and Health, Gabriela Jiménez, as well as with the Minister of Health, Magaly Gutiérrez, in order to “specify the scope of the intervention plans provided under the direction” of the State portfolio that he directs.
According to a press release released last January by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Venezuelan health authorities reported deficiencies in the detection systems for new cases of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, as well as in the number of people accessing treatments for these diseases.
The entry Venezuela expects a grant of more than 37 million dollars from the Global Fund for HIV was first published in El Informador Venezuela.