28 June 2016
THE Ministry of Health and Child Care received a major boost of US$24 million from the Government of Sweden, which will go towards the Health Development Fund.
Speaking after the signing ceremony of the grant, Minister of Health and Child Care David Parirenyatwa commended the Government of Sweden for the contribution which he promised that the ministry will put it to good use.
â€œAs a country, we would like to thank and acknowledge the support that we received from Sweden along with DFID, EU, Irish AID, Canada and Norway who have supported the Health Transition Fund and we are aware that you have already started putting your support together for the Health Development Fund.
â€œWe have signed for approximately US$24 million from the Government of Sweden with the support to be channelled through the Health Development Fund. This special vehicle we have designed is to ensure that all partners who are willing and able to give support to the health sector can use this facility for the easier coordination of resources and even better results achievement,â€ he said.
Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe Lars Ronnas said it remains a pressing challenge to bring down the number of mothers who die in the process of giving birth to new life.
â€œWith the agreement we have signed today, Swede will provide a substantial contribution to bring down the maternal mortality rate in Zimbabwe. The agreement is part of a collective commitment by the Government of Zimbabwe, UNICEF, UNFPA and Sweden to provide health services of good quality to women, children and young people.
â€œThese services are also to reach remote areas and for vulnerable groups to access,â€ said the Swedish Ambassador at the official signing ceremony.
Acting United Nations Childrenâ€™s Fund country representative Dr Jane Muita commended Sweden for the contribution adding that for the past five years, its funding has benefitted the health sector and contributed immensely to improved health outcomes for women and children.
â€œAs the UN family and UNICEF as Fund Manager of the HDF, we appreciate the support of the Government of Sweden and its people and also thank and acknowledge partners that have contributed to the HDF so far, namely DFID, EU and GAVI,â€ said Dr Muita.
The HDF which is being managed by UNICEF and UNFPA, is expected to help further consolidate and strengthen the health system in Zimbabwe, leading to improved health outcomes for mothers, new born babies and young people.
The HDF is a pooled funding mechanism by various donors in support of the health sector which is being implemented by UNICEF and UNFPA.
Building on the achievements of two previous health sector programmes-the Health Transition Fund and the Integrated Support Programme, the HDS aims to consolidate and improve on gains made over the past five years by strengthening health systems and scaling up the implementation of high impact reproductive, maternal, new born child and adolescent health and nutrition interventions through support to the health sector.