NGOs urge Governments on health budget top-up for the Global Fund to curb epidemics

Rwanda Non-Government Organizations’ Forum (RNGOF) has called for Governments’ efforts in Domestic resource mobilization to support the Global Fund Initiatives in combatting HIV, TB and Malaria in Africa, that are the global alarming threats.

The Global Fund has committed $14 billion fundraising target for the next three-year cycle that will help save 16 million lives, cut mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half, avert 234 million infections and build stronger health systems by 2023.

Felicitée Rwemalika, chairperson of RNGOF said that it is a time for them to help the government achieve its targets in curbing such diseases. She was speaking in Kigali to the press on Monday, February 4, 2019 during the CSOs meeting on advancing health investment in Africa.

The meeting brought together NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and health promotion, UNAIDS, IMRO, AHF-Rwanda, GFAN Africa, CiSPHA and WACI Health with the aim of facilitating civil society and community advocacy efforts on domestic resource mobilization as well as their commitment of funds by governments, donors and the private sector to ensure a fully funded 6th replenishment of the Global Fund.

 “We want to raise our voice and encourage countries to contribute to the Global Fund so that we combat together TB, HIV and Malaria. A lot of money used to come from developed countries but we need as African governments to stand up for this battle,” Rwemalika said.

Participants to the CSOs meeting on advancing health investment in Africa posing for a group photo.

“The Global Fund has been funding over 100 organizations and this number declined to 30 and now 14 only. This is the reason why we have to stand up as African countries to strive for our self-reliance to meet the target of $46 billion to save over 16 billion people in next five years,” she added.

It was revealed that as funds decline also affects the advocacy campaigns in fighting these diseases. The current Global Fund funding cycle is ending next year 2020.

Itete Karagire, Permanent Secretary CCM Rwanda Global Fund said that under the current mobilizing process governments are encouraged to fully invest in this initiative and; he noted that Rwanda is performing well for Malaria, HIV and TB.

“What we want especially for African countries is to move the Abudja declaration of 15 percent of domestic contribution. We have to sustain our gains even if we are getting some funds from outside, and funding the health system in general in our country,” Karagire noted.

Linda Olayi Mafu, Head of Political and Civil Society Advocacy Department-External Relations Division and resource mobilization at the Global Fund said that they want to make sure that donors and implementing countries to make sure they increase domestic resources and allocate them to health for sustainability.

Linda Olayi Mafu, Head of Political and Civil Society Advocacy Department-External Relations Division and resource mobilization at the Global Fund addressing participants to the meeting on February 4th, 2019 in Kigali/Elias Hakizimana.

“African governments have to come to the table, they have increased resources but it is not enough; we need more, we need support for sustaining the gains that we have met, we need more African governments to ensure the sustainability beyond funding from the donors,” Linda said.

“We are looking for $46 billion and that combined with $14 billion will enable us to save about 16 million lives.

She said that Rwanda is the champion to increase domestic resources among other African countries

In terms of donor contribution, the global fund is targeting $14billion from external donors and $46 billion domestic resources.

“We are coming from the 5th replenishment where we were targeting $41 billion. Now we are looking at the increase for domestic resources and this has been 48 percent; and we are looking for ways to reach those targets as well, and we need to step up fight, because if we do not step up the fight we will lose all the lives we have saved.” Said Linda.

Impacts so far

She noted that they have tried to save about 27 million lives accumulating over time, changing their quality of life and most of them found jobs and are economically active.

The major financing under replenishment comes primarily from the public sector, with approximately 95 percent of total funding coming from donor governments.

The remaining 5 percent comes from the private sector, private foundations and innovative financing initiatives.

In 2017, Global Fund investments benefited 17.5 million people on antiretro-viral therapy for HIV; 5 million people with TB treated; and 197 million mosquito nets distributed.  

By Elias Hakizimana.

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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