Sunday February 12 2012

Global Fund cuts Aids cash to Uganda

By Brian Senoga Kimuli


The Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and Malaria has given Uganda the least amount of funding compare to other East African member states because of corruption and earlier mismanagement of the fund.

According to Prof. Vinand Nantulya, the chairman Uganda Aids Commission, Ethiopia got $1.2 billion, of the fund to fight HIV, TB and malaria, Tanzania received $1 billion, Kenya $800 million, Rwanda $600 million and Uganda only $300 million.

“We have suffered enough and lost a lot. $300 million dollars is nothing. The other countries got more because they are using the money well and with proper accountability and results to show that money is being used properly. But now see what mismanagement has cost Uganda,” said Prof. Nantulya, a former senior health adviser and chief adviser to the executive director of the Global Fund, Geneva for more than three years.

At the launch of the Round Ten malaria and TB grant last week in Kampala, Prof. Nantulya who is also the chairman of the country coordinating mechanism (CCM), a Global Fund oversight committee, added that Uganda also falls victim of slow absorption of some rounds due to delayed procurements and low responsiveness to Global Fund requirements sighting an example of the first phase of Round Six of the TB grant. “The application for Round Nine was unsuccessful and we did not apply for Round Eight and now the Round Eleven has been cancelled,” he said.

However, he was quick to add that the signing of the Round Ten malaria and TB grant worth $78.5 million is a sure sign that Uganda has opened a new page on which the Global Fund and the public must have confidence that things are going to change for the better.