The Ministry of Health and Child Care has released US$ 7.6 million to the Health Development Fund (HDF) for the purchase of essential medicines and equipment for government health institutions countrywide.
The channeling of the funding by the Government of Zimbabwe through the Health Development Fund attests to the trust and benefit the government has derived through the HDF. The Health Development Fund, is a multi-donor pooled funding mechanism established to revitalize health services and reduce maternal and child mortality. Managed by UNICEF, the HDF has been the primary means through which donors have channeled their financial contributions to Zimbabwe’s health sector.
Key contributors have included the governments of the United Kingdom (US$ 68.4 million), Ireland (US$ 4 million), and Sweden (US$ 20 million). Other contributors include the European Union (US$62.7 million) and GAVI, the Global Vaccine Alliance (US$ 14.2 million).
The government’s contribution comes from the recently-introduced H
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The government’s contribution will be pooled with other donor funds and managed through UNICEF as the HDF manager. UNICEF will use its procurement systems to efficiently purchase the products while ensuring value-for-money and taking advantage of economies of scale. Distribution will be done through the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm).
“We share the government’s commitment to providing every Zimbabwean, especially women and children, with access to the highest quality of health care possible,” says acting UNICEF Representative Dr. Jane Muita. “To this end, we will do everything possible to ensure that the medicines and equipment reach health facilities in the shortest possible time.”
In addition to this funding, the government has met its 2017 co-financing obligation of US$ 600,000 to GAVI to