According to Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, this additional funding that will be reflected in the final budget call circular for the FY 2020/21 budget is meant to give the sector a boost since the country’s revenue collection is not enough to cater for all the health needs.
The Ministry of Health is
processing a concept note to show how they will utilize grants worth USD 600
million approved by the Global Fund to tackle HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria.
According to Health Minister Dr
Jane Ruth Aceng, this additional funding that will be reflected in the final
budget call circular for the FY 2020/21 budget is meant to give the sector a
boost since the country’s revenue collection is not enough to cater for all the
Of the USD 600million, USD 260million
goes to malaria, USD 289 million to HIV/AIDS and USD 29 million to TB. The
balance also referred to as matching funds will go into activities targeted for
specific populations. For instance, USD 4.7 million will go into ensuring young
women and adolescents get the care they need and USD 2.5 million into
procurement of HIV self- testing kits.
USD 4.5 is to cater for human rights-related activities and breaking social barriers that harbor stigma whereas
USD 3 million will go into data science which involves awareness and community
In an interview with Uganda Radio
Network, Dr Joshua Musinguzi, the Programme Manager AIDS Control at the
Ministry of Health said meetings to discuss utilization have been finalized and
they hope this money that is set to be utilized within three years up to 2023
will be available for use by next year.
With the money coming, Musinguzi
says that in his docket, they are set to get an additional 60 to 100 billion Shillings
for the purchase of Anti- Retroviral (ARVs) drugs. He is optimistic that with
this, the number of people on treatment will increase and Uganda will have
better chances of achieving the 90-90-90 targets.
Under the targets, UNAIDS
anticipates that 90 per cent of the people will have tested for HIV, 90 per
cent of those tested will have enrolled on treatment and 90 per cent of those
on treatment will have suppressed the virus to undetectable levels by 2020. To
date, only 73 per cent of Persons Living with HIV are on treatment while 65 per
cent of persons living with HIV and on treatment have their viruses
Also planned is targeted testing
intended to increase the number of men aged between 15 to 39 years, who know their
“We don’t have enough test kits
to give for free to everyone. That’s why
we started involving the private sector. We agreed with them to sell at a
subsidized price for those that can afford. You know we think with self-test
the challenge of stigma is ruled out”.
However, Aceng says that Uganda
got this additional funding from the donors because the country has also been
contributing to the fund. By December, the country had contributed USD 2.38 million
of the USD 5.5million total pledge. According to Global Fund, Uganda has
pledged to contribute more USD 2 million for its sixth replenishment covering
2020 to 2022.
Uganda’s history with utilizing
the fund’s money has also shoddy with officials in the early 2000s’ swindling
the funds that led to brief withholding of the money, again the country was
warned about non-utilization in 2016 after a donor audit report raised some
But the Ministry of Health says
they have put in place mechanisms that the money is utilized and protected from
theft. One of the approaches is for the Ministry to only play a distribution
and allow the fund to order the drugs and the necessary supplies.