HIV and AIDS funds | Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) have been urged to bring to an end, the practice of misapplying funds meant for the positive response to the spread of HIV infection.
Mr. Mukaila Adamu of SEND-Ghana, was contributing to discussions at a district dialogue on the “0.5 per cent DACF allocation to HIV and AIDS programmes” held at Akyem-Swedru in the Birim South District.
HIV and AIDS funds | He didn’t miss words, “the practice where the 0.5 per cent District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) allocation was used for other purposes by some of the assemblies should stop”
He further requested that Municipal and District Assemblies adheres to guidelines on the fund’s utilization as developed by the Ghana AIDS Commission.
It was organized under the “People for Health (P4H)” project, implemented by SEND-Ghana in partnership with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) and Penplusbytes, and supported by United States Agency for International Development (DFID),
The project focuses on HIV and AIDS prevention, family planning, water, nutrition, maternal and child healthcare.
HIV and AIDS funds | Mr. Adamu called for increased funds allocation to the HIV and AIDS prevention programmes, describing the present 0.5 per cent as inadequate.
He suggested that the assemblies looked for other funding streams to help effectively carry out HIV and AIDS education and prevention activities to protect people from getting infected.
The positive response to HIV and AIDS faces a challenge of funding if the Ghana Aids Commission depends on donor funding alone.
Per the agenda 90-90-90, there is the need for more test kits, more anti-retroviral medicines and more education.
HIV and AIDS funds | This will call for more expenditure on the part of the commission.
The 90-90-90 is a strategy to ensure that by the year 2020, 90% of people living with HIV should be aware of their HIV infection.
90% of all people living with HIV should be receiving anti-retroviral drugs.
Lastly, 90% of people on anti-retroviral drugs should receive viral suppression.
By 2030, the commission targets ending AIDS.
In other words, people will be living with HIV but will not be graduating to AIDS status.
It is in the light of the second 90, that the treat all policy has been adopted