The European Union (EU) has committed an additional €20.6 million to the Ministry of Health and Child Care. Initially the European Union availed €23 million towards health and the informal sector in Zimbabwe.
€20,6 is for the ministry of health and child care while the remaining €3million is for the informal sector
The funding is meant to improve access to quality health services for women and children, through reduction of maternal mortality, stunting and mortality of children under the age of five.
The European Union, Zimbabwe Government and implementing partners on Monday 9 April officially signed off on the agreements in Mbare at Stodart Hall .
Mr Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development said that the EU has a long standing partnership with Zimbabwe and is committed to the health sector.
“Health is central to people’s lives, the European Union has a long standing partnership with Zimbabwe in the health sector, particularly for individuals in the most vulnerable situations, children, girls and women especially during pregnancy and breast feeding.”
The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr. David Parirenyatwa thanked the European Union for its continued support and urged other potential donors to come forward.
“Let me thank the EU for this contribution and would like to urge partners who are able to assist the health sector to feel free to come in with their contributions.”
Dr Parirenyatwa further assured the European Union that the money will be put to good use.
“Let me take this opportunity to assure you that these resources will be distributed equitably and used efficiently to ensure availability and quality of service in the health sector.”
The EU funding will go a long way in assisting the government to sustain its gains in reducing maternal mortality rate and improvements made in sexual and reproductive health.