$7,6m for essential drugs

Government has released $7,6 million to the Health Development Fund (HDF) for the purchase of essential medicines and health equipment. The money, which is part of proceeds from the Health Levy, is expected to complement other financial contributions already done by development partners towards the pool of funding for health. The recently introduced Health Levy is funded through a five percent duty charged on every $1 worth of airtime, which is ring-fenced for drugs and equipment. The HDF is a multi-donor-pooled funding mechanism established to revitalise health services and reduce maternal and child mortality. Read more here.