The Global Fund (GF), established by the United Nations (UN), to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, is working at raising $46 billion from government sources to help save 16 million lives worldwide from the three diseases.
Dubbed the ‘Sixth Replenishment,’ the fund is calling on the world to step up the fight against HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria.
Additionally, the GF, an international financing organisation, is seeking to raise US$14 billion from other international donors to also avert 234 million infections in the next three years.
At the local level, a round-table discussion, dubbed “Mobilising Civil Society Organisation’s (CSOs) for Domestic Resource Mobilisation and the Global Fund 6th Replenishment,” has been held with members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health in Accra.
The meeting was aimed at facilitating and mobilising civil society and stakeholder advocacy on domestic resource mobilisation and soliciting the commitment of governments, private sector and development partners towards the fund.
The roundtable discussion was organised by the Hope for Future Generations, a Ghanaian advocacy and health non-governmental organisation (NGO) in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).
Also in attendance was Mr Cyril Nogier, the Senior Country Manager, Anglophone-Africa Region Country Support, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, a public–private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunisation in poor countries.
Addressing the Members of Parliament (MPs) at the meeting in Accra, the Head of Civil Society and Political Advocacy, Global Fund, Linda Mafu, called on them to help raise domestic funds for the advancement of health care across the world.
She said the fund currently had limited resources but more competing health issues to deal with.
The Chairman of Ghana’s Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, Mr Kwabena Twum-Nuamah, said the time had come for governments to invest in health.
Limited resources’ mantra
According to him, successive governments “sometimes overplay the ‘limited resources’ mantra, so as not to do anything”.
Mr Twum-Nuamah said people saw the health sector as a place where money was pumped into with no returns, but “if we see the sector as an economic good and not only as social, then investments made would be seen as having a ripple effect.”
He said the Parliamentary Health Committee, for its part, was committed to ensuring that Ghana attached the required seriousness to the need to replenish the Global Fund to fight AIDs, TB and Malaria.