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Global fund commits K8 billion to TB fight

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The Global Fund has committed over $10.5 million (approximately K8 billion) to the implementation of a Southern African Development Community (Sadc) regional initiative aimed at addressing the problem of tuberculosis (TB) in mines.

The project is called Tuberculosis in Mining Sector in Southern Africa (TIMS).

Speaking during the launch, Mines Minister Albert Mbawala said the Sadc region was geared to fight TB at all levels.

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“We, as a region, have responded to the call to end TB by endorsing the 2012 Sadc Declaration on TB in Mines Protocol. This is proof of political commitment within the Sadc region, “Mbawala said.

Health Deputy Minister Enock Phale said the launch of Phase III of the initiative served as an indication of Malawi’s commitment to addressing health issues.

“We, as Malawi, are very committed to this cause,” he said.

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Project Director- General for the East Central and Southern African Health Community, Yoswa Dambisya, said the third phase of the project includes all stakeholders connected to mining in the16-member Sadc bloc.

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