Ghana pledges one million dollars to Global Fund

By
Lydia Kukua Asamoah, GNA

Accra, Dec. 2, GNA –
The Government has pledged one million dollars to the Global Fund
Replenishment, as its contribution towards the fight against HIV, Tuberculosis
and Malaria.

Mr Alexander K. K.
Abban, the Deputy Minister of Health, announced this at the World AIDs Day
national durbar in Accra.   

He said the
Government was cognisant of the fact that the fight against HIV and AIDS could
be won by a concerted global effort.

Government’s pledge
would bring much relief for members of the Non-State Actors in Health, Ghana
(NSA-Ghana), who had been appealing for government’s contribution to the Global
Fund just as countries like Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Cameroon, Congo
and the Central African Republic had done.

Ghana’s pledge and
fulfilment would also ensure that the country benefits fully from the Global
Fund package, the NSA-Ghana has argued. 

In October, this
year, many countries in global solidarity pledged US$14.02 billion for the next
three years towards the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment at a conference hosted
by the French Government in Lyon. 

The amount is said
to be the largest ever raised for a multilateral health organisation, and for
that matter, the largest amount to the Global Fund.

The Fund is said to
help save 16 million lives and end the AIDS epidermic, tuberculosis and malaria
by 2030.

Mr Abban said in
addition, the Government had procured key commodities such as Antiretrovirals
(ARVs), test kits and condoms to complement partners’ contributions.

A new tender for
more ARVs had also just been launched while the Food and Drugs Authority had
released almost five million condoms for allocation to implementing agencies.

Other innovative
technologies such as the Ghana Integrated Logistics Management and Information
System and Electronic Tracking of ARVs clients were being deployed to enhance
visibility and follow up of clients.

The theme for this
year’s World AIDs Day is: “Communities Make the Difference – Help End AIDs,”
and Ghana celebrated the Day with a month-long of activities including HIV
screening, health education, and other media and community engagements.

GNA

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