The Ministry of Health and the Global Fund of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) met this Tuesday to assess the country's progress and challenges and the epidemiological situation, said Fund Portfolio manager Joshua Galjour.
"The Global Fund financed, through a subsidy of around US$105 million for a period of three years, many activities related to the fight against three epidemics and also to strengthen the Angolan health system", said Joshua Galjour, in statements to public radio.
According to the official, the Global Fund is financing activities in the provinces of Luanda, Cuanza Sul and Benguela.
"We will have the opportunity to discuss the progress, results, challenges, in the implementation of funded activities", stressed the representative of the Global Fund, also noting that Angola could benefit from a new subsidy for the period between 2024 and 2027.
"We are also here to share the good news, that the next allocations will be announced before the end of the year. Angola is part of the eligible countries and is a priority country for the Global Fund", he added.
In turn, the Minister of Health, Sílvia Lutucuta, said that a broad discussion was held of the four diseases that are subsidized by the Global Fund, with malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and, in recent times, covid-19.
The minister stressed that a platform for laboratory management was presented, mainly for the province of Benguela and Cuanza Sul.
"We are going to continue to carry out inspections, because at the end of the day what we want is to reduce the number of people with tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria", stressed the minister.
Malaria is the leading cause of death from disease in Angola, with tuberculosis considered the third cause of death, after malaria and road accidents, while HIV/AIDS continues to concern the country's health authorities due to the rate of new contaminations.