Malawi kick-starts process seeking new HIV, TB and Malaria funding
Malawi, on Tuesday, began a high level national dialogue to gather ideas for the development of a proposal which will be used to request for new funds from the Global Fund in order for the country to continue implementing HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria programs from 2021 to 2023.
The country is required to submit the request by March 2020.
The dialogue, being held in the Capital Lilongwe, is engaging national stakeholders so they can provide their input on priorities and strategies for the new funding request.
The meeting has drawn together government representatives, Global Fund team, donor community, principal recipients of the Global Fund grant and NGO and civil society community.
In his remarks, Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara, who officially opened the meeting, urged the participants to come up with sustainable investments for the new funding.
“Our focus should also dwell around issues of provision of quality health services, digital e-health platforms, health insurance and recruitment of community health workers so that people living with HIV and those suffering TB and Malaria have access to quality healthcare,” Muhara advised.
In the current funding–which dates back to 2018–Malawi received over USD400 million from Global Fund to enable the country implement effective interventions that could help reduce HIV, TB and Malaria infections and, also help lessen the suffering caused by the three epidemics.
According to Muhara, that money, among other things, enabled government to deploy 1000 health workers especially nurses, install solar power in 103 health facilities and distribute ten million mosquito nets.
Actually, Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Population, Dan Namarika, said Malawi has received about USD1.6 billion from Global Fund since 2004.
He concurred with Muhara on the need for sustainable investments for the incoming funding, adding that government must also enhance its role in the management of Global Funds because the effects of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria cuts across so many sectors.
Taking his turn, Madziko Matemba, Vice Chairperson for the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) for Malawi–which oversees all Global Fund’s HIV, TB and Malaria grant activities–asked stakeholders to cooperate so the country should not miss the March, 2020 deadline.
“We have an opportunity here to set our own targets so that the new funding will be seen to be really working. We must also reflect on our past performance from where we have lessons to inform our future,” said Matemba.
In Malawi, current principal receipients for Global Fund’s HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria grant are World Vision, Action Aid and Ministry of Health.
Malawi kick-starts process seeking new funding for HIV, TB, malaria interventions