MOZAMBIQUE – Mozambique has secured US$404M funding from the United States (US) to support the national HIV&AIDS response.

The funding will support HIV counseling and testing, adult and pediatric HIV and TB treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, psychosocial support, laboratory and health services, pharmacy as well as by strengthening health systems.

Moreover, the financing will be used to lead Mozambique to achieve the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets, where 95 percent of people living with HIV are aware of their status, 95 percent of those who tested positive are on treatment and 95 percent of those on treatment have an undetectable viral load.

Mozambique is working with the US government through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Country Operational Plan (COP) for October 2022 through September 2023, also known as COP22, to scale up prevention and treatment programs for HIV/AIDS across the country.

The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief aims to deliver quality, people-centered HIV prevention and treatment services as well as strengthening the capacity and resilience of communities and health systems to address the HIV epidemic and other health challenges.

The National AIDS Council and Ministry of Health led by PEPFAR aim to achieve the goal of COP22 programs to lead Mozambique to achieve the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets and ultimately control the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

COP22 focuses on accelerated efforts to identify and treat children, adolescents, young men, vulnerable populations and other people living with HIV in support of Mozambique’s National HIV Strategic Plan and the Global Fund Funding Request.

The operational plan also targets strategic investments to maximize the HIV/AIDS programs for impact as well as enhanced quality of implementation and patient experience along with strengthened partnerships with government, multilateral partners and civil society.

This plan, which totals $404 million dollars, brings the total United States Government investment in the HIV response in Mozambique to $4.9 billion dollars since 2004,” Mozambique said in a statement.

US Ambassador to Mozambique Peter H. Vrooman explained that the additional financing to support the COP22 plan represents the shared commitment to achieve epidemic control, by getting 1.9 million Mozambicans on life-saving treatment over the next 18 months.

Peter H. Vrooman further said that the Country Operational Plan represents partnership, innovation and adaptability together with the implementation of approaches that are tried and true to steer the program toward sustainability and burden sharing.

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