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MoH and Global Fund provide financial support and a mobile clinic vehicle to HAMNASA NGO to combat TB

MoH and Global Fund provide financial support and a mobile clinic vehicle to HAMNASA NGO to combat TB

DILI, 13 june 2022 (TATOLI)– The Minister of Health and the international health alliance Global Fund provided USD 100,000 and an ambulance to the NGO HAMNASA to fight TB in the municipality of Dili.

Deputy Minister of Health, Bonifácio Mau Coli said it was most important for the government to get a new partnership with the NGO HAMNASA to strengthen the national health system in Timor-Leste which focuses on fighting three diseases consisting Malaria, HIV, and TB.

“The HAMNASA NGO will help the government fight tuberculosis. Timor-Leste continues to record a high number of TB,” Deputy Minister of Health, Bonifácio Mau Coli told reporters in the Ministry of Health meeting room, Monday.

He added that this support was given in response to the government’s strategic plan that had been officially launched by Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak to eradicate TB by 2025.

“The Minister of Health is provided an ambulance to transport TB patients for treatment. Ambulances will also help visit patients at home and control patients across the Dili”

The Executive Director of the NGO HANMASA in Timor-Leste, Xylia Ingham said this was great support from the Minister of Health and the Global Fund that aims to support the Ministry of Health in the fight against TB in the Dili.

“The vehicle will be used to do the work at every health post in Dili. The diagnosis identifies someone who has TB and the patient will be immediately transferred to the Guido Valadares National Hospital,” said Mrs. Ingham.

In addition to this support, HANMASA also received financial support of 100,000 USD from the Global Fund.

This funding will also be used for a two-year TB program in the DILI and will expand to other municipalities such as Manatutu, Liquica, Ermera, and others.

HANMASA has worked with the Ministry of Health focused on Maternity and today HAMNASA wishes to work in TB because many mothers and children are suffering from malnutrition and bleeding. This shows that women and children are most at risk of developing tuberculosis.

Since 2005 the Global Fund has provided 100 million USD to the Minister of Health, nearly 80 million USD for Malaria, TB, and HIV/AID in Timor-Leste.

Between 2021-2023 the Global Fund guarantees an allocation of around 15.7 million for the Minister of Health, of the total budget, 3,465,299 will be used to fight HIV/AIDS, USD 3,937,840 for Malaria, and USD 8,348,220 for TB. this fund includes a sustainable resident system.

So far, the recorded data from the Ministry of Health shows an incidental TB rate of 508 per 100,000 population and a mortality rate of 106 per 100,000 population.

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges

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