$40 million grant to improve HIV and TB response in Sudan
In addition, two new agreements were achieved by the Federal Ministry of Health, the U.N. Development Program (UNDP), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The agreements are designed to stop the spread of HIV throughout the populations most at risk in Sudan and to control TB.
"Thanks to our collaboration with UNDP, we have made significant progress in managing the burden of HIV and tuberculosis,” Tarig Abdallrahim, director of the Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease Control Directorate in the Federal Ministry of Health, said. “This grant is a new breakthrough as it will help us to address the special needs of most at risk population. Five mobile clinics will be set up to manage TB epidemic in ‘hard to reach’ population in five states of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.”
The director for UNDP Sudan Selva Ramachandran said UNDP’s goal is to strengthen the response at the national, state and local level by supporting the development of local expertise.
“To get TB under control, the authorities are planning to provide social support to patients and develop a national campaign to fight stigma as discrimination severely hinders TB efforts," Ramachandran said. "Regarding HIV, testing is essential to curve down the epidemic and we remain committed to supporting the provision of HIV testing, counseling and treatment to those in need.”