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Global Fund pledges to continue aid to Malawi

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Malawian will have every reason to celebrate following the announcement by the Global Fund that the organisation will continue its financial support to HIV and Aids activities in the country.

The development follows bilateral discussions President Peter Mutharika had with Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul in New York, USA, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Addressing the press after meeting the Malawi leader, Dybul described the discussion as fruitful.

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He said the decision is a welcome development to the people of Malawi since it will assist in the fight against HIV and Aids.

Dybul was, however, quick to point out that necessary mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that the funds are never abused so that many needy individuals access the resources.

Speaking earlier during a side meeting on ending Aids by 2030 called the 90.90.90 Campaign, Mutharika said Malawi has made tremendous strides in the fight against the pandemic over the past 20 years. He said it was for this reason that the country attained the Millennium Development Goal on HIV and Aids.

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“Malawi has 1.1 million people living with HIV and nearly 60 percent are women and girls. Half of them are on life-saving antiretroviral therapy. Our National HIV and Aids Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 was the first in the world to embrace the Unaids Ambitious 90-90- 90 Targets by 2020,” he said.

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