Reports have emerged that the Global Fund allocation to Ghana towards the elimination of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria has reduced from US$250 million in the 2015-17 implementation periods to US$194 million for the next three years.
The reduction in allocation, which is partly linked to the country’s performance in tackling those diseases, has been described as worrying, given the fact that interventions have not reached marginalised populations across the country.
The Executive Secretary of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund, Mr. Daniel Norgbedzie, who stated this, is, therefore, calling on service providers and other key stakeholders to deliver quality services to reverse the trend.
The Chronicle supports the call by Executive Secretary of the CCM of the Global Fund, and we further call for a multi-sectoral approach to raise enough funds internally to manage HID/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria activities.
To us, at The Chronicle, the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria must not be left to foreign donors alone, we must be capable of devising strategic means of standing against the diseases, which can potentially destroy the lives of the productive population of the country.
We are of the opinion that the country should have a reserve fund to vigorously pursue the fight against the diseases, even in the situation where foreign funding dwindles completely.
This is so, because, if we all accept the fact that HIV/AIDS tuberculosis and malaria are security issues, then we should be alert to react appropriately at any given moment.
The Chronicle would like to further stress the need for stronger collaboration between service providers in the public and private sectors to ensure improvements in service delivery.
This is so, because, it is widely accepted that service providers need to revise their strategies to remove barriers to effective delivery of services to vulnerable populations in particular.
The Chronicle is alarmed to learn that Ghana’s performance over the years with the Global Fund has not been at the top, and that this country could further have its allocation reduced by 2021, if it fails to improve on its performance.
What is heartwarming, however, is that if Ghana performs better in the coming years, additional funds could be made available to us.
And this is where all stakeholders must come in to devise better ways of improving upon our performances in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The reduction in the Global Fund is certainly worrying and demoralizing, but, on the other hand, it should serve as a reminder that we must, as a country, have in place ‘Plan B’ to save our people from the claws of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and the time to act is now!