The COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on Peru’s health system and economy.
It is one of the countries with the highest numbers of pandemic-linked excess deaths in the world.
HIV and TB services were severely disrupted.
The Global Fund supported Peru with US$14.9-million to fight COVID-19, including support for the procurement of diagnostic tests, personal protective equipment (PPE), and scaling up oxygen support for COVID-19 patients.
A part of this investment was used to get TB and HIV programmes back on track. This intervention includes the purchase of mobile units (vans) and campaigns to find people with TB, support for patients with multidrug-resistant TB, and the use of a mobile app to help patients with MDR-TB to adhere to their treatment regime.
Strong community engagement forms an integral part of the programme. This includes community-based disease monitoring and efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination.