Uganda Agrees to Increase Health Spending Using Global Fund's Grant
February 5, 2003
Uganda's government has reversed policy and agreed to increase health sector spending with money from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Initially, if the fund granted $52 million for health care, then Uganda would have correspondingly reduced spending for health from other sources, to maintain a predetermined expenditure ceiling. However, Uganda's Minister of Finance recently wrote to the Minister of Health stating that this position had been revised so that Global Fund money would be an addition to the predetermined health budget.Adapted from:
Uganda's Global Fund Observer newspaper quoted the executive director of the Global Fund, Richard Feachem, as saying, "the use of our money to save somebody else's [money] -- that's completely not allowed."
Uganda expects to receive $52 million for HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB during the next three years. Out of this, $21 million for HIV/AIDS is expected before July 2003. Part of this money will be used to purchase antiretroviral drugs and to improve medical infrastructure.
The antiretroviral drugs will be given free to some 2,000 patients and an unspecified number of medical practitioners accidentally infected during their work. Educational and research institutions, including a Kampala-based AIDS treatment and training center for Africa, will also receive drug donations from the Ugandan government. Another $14.1 million that Uganda expected for malaria and tuberculosis in the fiscal year ending June 2003 will instead arrive next fiscal year, pushing back some planned activities.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.