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Gov’t must scale up HIV/AIDS funding


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By
Josephine Nyarkoh, GNA

Kumasi, Aug 07, GNA – The government has been
asked to scale up its funding of HIV/AIDS prevention programmes to sustain the
fight against the spread of the infection.

Ghana has been relying heavily on donor
support for the implementation of programmes to control the disease and this is
raising serious questions about sustainability.

The call is contained the Ghana N

By
Josephine Nyarkoh, GNA

Kumasi, Aug 07, GNA – The government has been
asked to scale up its funding of HIV/AIDS prevention programmes to sustain the
fight against the spread of the infection.

Ghana has been relying heavily on donor
support for the implementation of programmes to control the disease and this is
raising serious questions about sustainability.

The call is contained the Ghana National AIDS
Spending Assessment (NASA) report that critically examined the level and flow
of resources into the HIV/AIDS campaign in year 2014.

It put the total expenditure on the
disease’s-related activities for that year at US$68,843,316 and out of this
figure, 66 percent was contributed by multi-lateral organizations.

The report indicated that funds from the
government accounted for just about 7 per cent with the remaining 27 coming
from the private sector.   

“This is consistent with the trend in the
nation and other sub-Saharan African countries which relies heavily on donor
funding to finance their HIV and AIDS related activities”, it added.

It underlined the need for the government to
strengthen its efforts at mobilizing and channeling more funds into the
campaign against the disease.

The report added that it was in the nation’s
own interest to ensure quality services and availability of antiretroviral
drugs for infected persons.

Ghana, it said, could not fail its commitment
to tackle the phenomenon and that it needed to up its game amid the global
recession and limited sources of funding for HIV/AIDS related programmes.

GNA


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