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HEALTH SECTOR GETS OVER $2BN DONOR FUNDS

ZAMBIA’s cooperating partners have committed an estimated US$2 billion to facilitate coordintaion of health sector programmes in the country.

The funds that will cover the period 2021 to 2023, has also seen cooperating partners support increased by 29 percent from the 2020, 2021 disbursements.

Commitments for 2021 stand at USD 821,910,764 compared to 639,300,363 in 2020.

Health Minister Dr. Jonas Chanda made the disclosure following the Annual Consultative Meeting which was held last week.

The meeting gave an opportunity to the Cooperating Partners, bilateral and multilateral institutions to indicate commitments towards the 2021 budget and Medium Term Expenditure Framework.

The Annual Consultative meeting is the highest level in the coordination framework of the Sector Wide approach.

It is attended by Ambassadors and High Commissioners, Heads of Bilateral and Multilateral Development Cooperation, the United Nation System, Civil Society and the Private Sector Alliance.

In addition, the Ministry of Health also received commitments from other partners such as the African CDC, through the Southern Africa Regional Collaboration Center Coordinator who announced a US$25 million for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for health workers in Africa.

Dr Chanda assured the Cooperating Partners and all stakeholders that resources committed will be handled with total transparency and accountability.

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