The Ministry of Health has been granted Ksh 47 billion by the Global Fund in efforts to fight against HIV, TB and malaria in the country.
The new grant is also aimed at strengthening health systems at National, County and Community level.
Speaking during the Global Fund grant signing ceremony Tuesday, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman said that the Health Ministry will ensure that the grant is implemented as per the design, and in ways that contribute to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage.
“We hope to achieve comprehensive prevention, treatment and care for people infected with HIV, TB, leprosy and lung disease as well as reduce malaria incidence and deaths by at least 75 percent of the 2016 levels by 2023,” he said.
Global Fund has been a valued partner since 2002 and has provided 25 grants amounting to Ksh 100 billion to the country.
CAS Aman said that the Global Fund’s support has greatly complemented the Government’s investments in improving health outcomes and saving lives.
“This long term relationship has resulted in remarkable progress in reduction in the three major public health diseases of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” said CAS Rashid Aman.
He noted that investments by the Global Fund and other partners have resulted in steady decrease of HIV prevalence from a high of 11% in 1998 to the current level of 4.9%. Over 75% of the 1.49 million people living with HIV in Kenya are on Anti Retro Viral drugs.
According to the Health CAS, the treatment success rate among TB patients has also improved from 81% in 2018 to 85% in 2021. As a result, the incidence rate has been declining by 8% annually, an indication that the current TB control interventions are effective.
The Global Fund investment has also contributed to ensuring the availability of life saving medication for malaria.
During the just ended grant period, over 7.5 million doses of antimalarial drugs, 7 million rapid test kits and 16 million long lasting mosquito nets have been procured and distributed countrywide.
“And as a result, the Kenya Malaria Indicator Surveys shows an overall reduction in the disease burden and prevalence from 8.2% in 2015 to 5.6% in 2020,” he added.