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Amref receives Sh3 billion for war on malaria, TB in Kenya

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy JAMES WANZALA | Thu,Sep 24 2015 09:22:55 EAT
By JAMES WANZALA | Thu,Sep 24 2015 09:22:55 EAT

 National Treasury, Finance Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich

Amref Health Africa in Kenya has received $30,472,094 (Sh3 billion) from the Global Fund for TB and Malaria. The money is to be used to fight Tuberculosis and Malaria in the country.

While signing the contract at the National Treasury, Finance Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich commended Amref Health Africa in Kenya for contributing towards the improvement of prompt diagnosis and treatment of malaria, and improved TB screening.

"The Kenya Government is pleased that together with our development partners and NGOs, we can work towards eradicating TB and Malaria. The contract we have signed will run for a period of two years, ending October 2017. Within that time, we hope to report major achievements in eradicating malaria and reducing HIV and TB cases," Rotich said.

Amref Health Africa in Kenya aims at accelerating reduction of TB, Leprosy and Lung diseases.

"Through the TB project, we are on our way towards achieving national targets of improving TB treatment success by tracing and referring over 23,638 TB treatment interrupters and providing nutritional support to over 30,000 severely malnourished TB patients," said Amref Health Country Director Meshack Ndirangu.

The signing ceremony was attended by the head of grants Mark Edington, Ambassador of US to Kenya Robert F. Godec, Ambassador of Japan to Kenya Tatsushi Terada, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, and National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich.

The funding for the Global Fund TB and Malaria comes from the US, WHO, the European Union, UNAIDS, Japan and the United Kingdom.

The other recipients of funds were Ministry of Finance, Kenya Red Cross Society and Kenya Aids NGOs Consortium.

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