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Global Fund gives Kenya Sh33b for HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB

Kenya has received Sh33 billion from the Global Fund to boost the war against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.

The grant came after an application by the Health ministry on May 23.

"The fund's technical review panel approved the money after finding Kenya's application strategically and technically focused," said Principal Secretary Julius Korir.

In a statement on Thursday, Korir said a chunk of the money will be used to procure life-saving medicines for HIV, TB, and malaria patients.

"The ministry has allocated Sh21.6 billion for HIV programmes while Sh6 billion will be spent on interventions to curb malaria spread," he said.

"[Some] Sh4 billion will go to the fight against TB whereas resilient, sustainable health systems will get Sh3.9 billion."

Official data shows deaths linked to AIDS, which is one of the top 10 causes worldwide, have halved in a decade.

A report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) showed deaths had fallen from a peak of 1.9 million in 2005 to a million last year.

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