During World AIDS Day celebrations in Lindi, Tanzania, the Global Fund and the government signed an agreement that will allow Tanzania to scale up ARV treatment services, in order to have more than 660,000 people on treatment by 2015.
The grant will also allow Tanzania to reach 96% of pregnant women with testing and counselling by 2015.
During the ceremony, President Kikwete said: "With this Global Fund grant, the country will be able to cover all people living with HIV. The Government is also in process of creating the AIDS Trust Fund. We thank the Global Fund for enabling the country to access ARVs, HIV test kits and reagents for the next 3 years. US$ 308 additional millions is a significant amount and this shows that the Global Fund recognizes the efforts undertaken by Tanzania to address the HIV."
During World AIDS Day celebrations in Lindi, Tanzania, different procession groups walked from the Regional Commissioner’s office to Ilulu stadium. Photo by Richard Miles.
The crowd at Ilulu Stadium listened to statements from different authorities and witness the signature of the Global Fund grant. Photo by Richard Miles.
Left to Right: Mr. Ramadhani Mussa Khijjah, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance (PR), and Dr. Christoph Benn, Director of Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations, sign the Global Fund agreement. Photo by Richard Miles.
Tanzania’s President H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, accompanied by Ursula Muller, Global Fund Board Member representing Germany and Dr. Fatma Mrisho, the Executive Chairperson of Tanzanian Commission for HIV/AIDS, witness the grant signature. Photo by Richard Miles.
Mr. Ramadhani Mussa Khijjah and Dr. Benn after signing the agreement. Photo by Richard Miles.