AHF Rwanda urged the Global Fund to deliver funds based on public health challenges
During the formal petition presentation to several board members in its 37 global fund meeting took place in Kigali, Rwandan HIV/AIDS advocates, including AHF Rwanda staff urged the Global Fund Board to desist the system of using the World Bank country income groups, but increase allocations to civil society organizations which will dramatically reduce HIV TB and Malaria elevation.
Etienne HAKIZIMANA the AHF Prevention and Testing Coordinator and advocacy said that Rwandan has accomplished a lot in terms fighting against HIV, TB and Malaria, but allocating fund through civil societies will lead to sustainable achievement.
“As a Global Fund implementing country, Rwanda has achieved a lot in fighting against HIV, TB and malaria. We want Global Fund fully funded so that we have more resources to save more lives. Like many other implementing countries, Rwanda will be in transition soon. We need to ensure funding to civil societies are available and make their work sustainable” Etienne expressed.
The argument behind the request, claims that World Bank should not base on its country classification into low-, middle-, and high-income groups based on Gross National Income (GNI) system due to the fact that those groupings are not truthfully related to some countries public health challenges regardless their levels of GNI.
The delivered petition also suggested the Board of the Global Fund to proceed the ongoing dialogue with Chinese officials in order to enhance its contribution to the Fund as China as one of the most leading economy in the world donate only 2.5 % of the amount that are donated by Germany and Japan.
The petition was signed by the Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion (RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP), a national network that advocates, coordinates, builds capacities, monitors and evaluates NGO members’ implementing activities in the health sector.
AFH as one of the HIV Tacklers has been working in Rwanda since 2006, and has been collaborating with the government through the Ministry of Health and Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) it serves eight districts; supporting twenty health facilities and seven community-based organizations.
There is no doubt that beneficiaries will increase as currently AHF Rwanda serves 23,704 patients in it supported sites scattered across Rwanda while only in 2016 a total of 356,941 where reached with HIV Testing services. Between 2014 and 2016, 4,775,722 condoms and 54 condom dispensers were distributed for free. To promote accessibility to condoms, AHF Rwanda procured 4 condom kiosks, which were installed in 4 hot spots within Gasabo and Nyarugenge districts of Kigali city.
Members of the Rwanda NGO forum met with the Representatives of Developing Country NGO delegation and shared their concerns of Global Fund resources allocation
Hristijan Jankuloski, Board Member of Developing Country NGO, received the Petition letter by Nooliet KABANYANA