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Kenya to Receive Sh42 Billion to Fight AIDS, TB

The global fund — the agency that helps Kenya fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria — has given the country sh42 billion to be used up to 2024.

The organisation wants Kenya to step up activities for preventing HIV, TB and malaria, and ensure extra efforts are put in place to take care of vulnerable people.

In an eight-page letter to Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache, Global Fund grant management division head Mark Eldon-Edington said the money would be available from June 2021.

Mr Eldon-Edington said apart from the Sh42 billion, Kenya qualifies for extra money to address the vulnerability of teenagers and young women to HIV/AIDS and TB.

The country reduced HIV/AIDS deaths from 64,000 in 2010 to 25,000 in 2018 but at a huge cost, according to the Kenya National Aids Control Council (NACC).

The Health ministry recommended the use of gene pert after a national survey showed the TB burden was more than double (588 per 100,000 people) what was thought (slightly more than 200 per 100,000).

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Timothy Omondi