- By Admin
- Posted December 4, 2017
Kampala – 23/11/2017- The Government of Uganda has signed grant agreements with The Global Fund worth USD478 million for the implementation period of 2018-2020 to support Uganda’s fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria epidemics.
The signing ceremony was held under the theme “Quest for Improved Health Service Delivery” at Hotel Africana, in Kampala.
The Global Fund is a unique, public-private partnership and international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to support programs for prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as strengthening health systems.
During the launch of the new Global Fund grant, Prime Minister of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda noted that this level of funding implies that Uganda’s portfolio of the Global Fund has increased by over US$ 57m from the funding received under the previous grant of US$421m. “It’s my pleasure to note that the funding from Global Fund to the Government of Uganda is the highest ever received among the African countries. This is a sign of confidence which our Partners have in the country systems” Rugunda said amidst applauses.
Hon. Rugunda appealed to the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MOFPED) to ensure that Government meets its counterpart funding obligations in order for the population to receive a full package of the programmed medicines and medical supplies under the Global Fund Grants.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to urge the responsible officers to focus on preventive measures especially at household level in order to realize significant improvement in HIV, Malaria and TB indices and as a deliberate effort to cut down the cost of health service delivery” Rugunda urged.
Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng applauded efforts from Global Fund in achieving sustainable health indices. "The grants we are signing today to cover the period 2018-2020, will continue to consolidate the gains and achievements from the previous grants and increase coverage of interventions across the country and to reach to all beneficiaries" she said.
With support from Global Fund, the health sector has made a number of achievements and some of them include:
-Reduced HIV Prevalence from 7.3% to the current 6.1%
-Number of women and men aged 15 who test for HIV and know their status increased from 7.5million in 2014 to 10million in June 2017.
-Number of new HIV infections has declined from 130,000 in 2013 to 60,000 in 2016.
Number of people living with HIV currently receiving Antiretroviral Therapy increased from 680,000 in 2014 to 1,028,909 in June 2017.
-With support from Global Fund and other development partners, Uganda is currently undertaking a campaign dubbed "Chase Malaria" where 24million nets are being distributed countrywide.
-64.1% of pregnant women in Uganda sleep under a mosquito net
-Proportion of confirmed malaria cases that received first line antimalarial treatment at public health facilities is 92%
-Uganda introduced Malaria Treatment in communities and in 29 out of 71 Districts where this was implemented, medicines for treatment of Malaria and Malaria test kits were provided by Global Fund.
-Village Health Teams were trained with funding from Global Fund.
-Increased advocacy and awareness on TB
-Over 150,000 TB patients on treatment for both drug susceptible TB and MDR TB
HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING:
-Global Fund is supporting the construction of the new National Medical Stores state-of-the-art ware house in Kajjansi, Uganda.
-Establishment of 12 regional performance monitoring teams responsible for monitioring key sector performance indicators
-Procurement of 83 motorcycles and refrigerators for transportation of samples from lower Health Facilities to the Laboratory Hubs
In her opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine emphasized the need for proper accountability and transparency in the grant implementation. “Every coin from this grant must reach the intended beneficiaries in a timely manner” she added.
Uganda went through an extensive consultative process embraced by all actors involved in the response towards HIV, TB and Malaria during preparations for the grant applications for the three diseases of concern. The actors included founders, programmers, implementers and evaluators who ensure services reach the intended beneficiaries.
Following grant making and submission, the Global Fund board approved USD $478 million including catalytic funding and emergency funds for refugees for the implementation period of 2018-2020.