US launches $25 million health program

US launches $25 million health program
June 13 16:39 2018

By Judith Kajuma

The United States government has launched a $25 million program set to improve the health of mothers and children in the seven districts of Manicaland by increasing high quality health services from the home to the community primary care facilities and hospitals.

In her remarks during the unveiling of the program, USAID Mission Director, Stephanie Funk said the program being run in partnership with FHI 360 and the Ministry of Health and Child Care will run for five years.

“We are here to award FHI360 funding through a cooperative Agreement worth $25 million over the next five years to expand maternal, new born, child health and family planning services and FHI360 has been a critical partner of USAID Zimbabwe and is also implementing our DREAM initiative and our index testing approach,” she said.

Funk added that USAID and FHI360 will help to improve the health of mothers, babies and children in all the seven districts of Manicaland and will equip the ever-impressive village health workers to help save lives.

Minister of Health and Childcare Dr David Parirenyatwa thanked the US Government for the fund and great initiative to assist families.

“Twenty-five million dollars coming into Zimbabwe at this time, is a lot of money and more importantly you have identified the areas where we are worried about, including children and women particularly pregnant women and those who do not want to get pregnant at the time through intact family planning,” Dr Parirenyatwa said.

 

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