Malawi government authorities are optimistic that the country will this time around be considered for HIV/AIDS funding from Global Fund.
The Global Fund is an international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV and Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
According to Principal Secretary responsible for nutrition and HIV/AIDS in the Office of the President and Cabinet Edith Mkawa the optimism stems from the new funding procedure which the Global fund has introduced.
She says this will make the fund easily accessible as it will be addressing specific country needs.
The new strategy now is to cluster the countries based on their disease burden and they will be requesting concept papers from other countries. And this gives us chance to be communicating with Global Fund as a country one on one and where ever we are going wrong they will be advising us until we get funding so I can say Global Fund is now a user friendly institution as it used to be before,” she says.
Director for programmes for the National Aids Commission Marriam Mangochi said Malawi is intensifying its effort in taking care of those infected and affected with HIV.
Mangochi disclosed that by 1st April 2013, the country will start rolling out countrywide, Tenofovil based ART Regimen.
The new regimen is said to have fewer side effects compared to the current Stavudine based regimen.
Recently, there have been calls from civil society groups, people living with HIV /AIDS especially women for the country to immediately rollout the new regimen as the latter was deforming physical appearance of the person thereby subjecting them to discrimination.