From 2023 to 2025, a global fund has been allocated for the people in Pakistan to control HIV, Malaria, and Tuberculosis. The fund will be used from the 1st of January, 2024 to the 31st of December 2026.
An official of the National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination (NHS, R&C) on Tuesday told The News, “As many as $181 million have been allocated for TB control, $65 million for HIV prevention as well as treatment and $34 million for malaria control”.
Global Fund’s grant is offered to five sub-recipients, such as the Provincial Aid Control Programs of Punjab and the National Aids Control Program (NACP). Officials also added that the Common Management Unit (CMU) is having a discussion with the Global Fund about making the National Aids Control Program the principal recipient.
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More information accumulated from different medical institutes like Ali Medical Centre shows that HIV infections have increased by 84% from 2010 to 2022 in spite of an investment of millions of dollars. Additionally, officials stated that new HIV cases were recorded in 2021 which was around 25000, but the number exceeded in 2022.
But WHO’s health experts state that Pakistan has increased the number of HIV infections in its all provinces. But they also believe that Punjab and Sindh are the hotbeds as fifty percent and forty-three percent of patients' lives in Punjab and Sindh.
The risk of HIV has increased during the pandemic due to different reasons, including people injecting the same drugs, the transgender community, etc.
WHO officials in Islamabad share that “Pakistan currently ranks number four in terms of highest TB cases while Malaria cases have doubled in 2022 as against the last year. The country recorded five million malaria cases this year. They called for complete overhauling and revamping of the HIV, TB, and Malaria control programs to prevent new HIV and TB cases”.