World AIDS Fund will finance treatments in Venezuela

World AIDS Fund will finance treatments in Venezuela

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced that it will allocate 12 million dollars for HIV and tuberculosis care in Venezuela. The South American country was considered due to the deficiencies of the public health system and because it is very likely that these will not be solved in the short term.

The organization, known simply as the Global Fund, is an international funding mechanism designed to end the HIV, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics. It currently invests more than $ 4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in over 100 countries, as reported by its website.

Last December, the Global Fund announced that the resources allocated to Venezuela will be exercised during 2022 and 2023, and are in addition to the 17 million dollars that had already been granted since 2019 for the set objectives, as detailed by the news portal Efectococuyo.com, which spoke with the Venezuelan organization Citizen Action Against AIDS (ACCSI).

Needed funding

ACCSI explained that since 2016, the Venezuelan State has not provided treatment to people with HIV, which is why the Global Fund is the main funder of antiretroviral drugs and, since 2020, the only funder of treatments for tuberculosis.

In addition, the Global Fund observed that the COVID-19 pandemic weakened the Venezuelan health system, overwhelmed health personnel and exacerbated the economic crisis that the country was already experiencing.

The financing will be used to purchase medications, reagents, and supplies that are required for HIV and tuberculosis care in the country, and will be used and administered by the Pan American Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), while the Venezuelan health authorities should only store and distribute supplies.

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