The Government of Uganda has signed grant agreements with The Global Fund worth USD478 million for the implementation period of 2018-2020 to support Uganda’s fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria epidemics.
The signing ceremony was held under the theme “Quest for Improved Health Service Delivery” at Hotel Africana, in Kampala.
During the launch of the new Global Fund grant, Prime Minister of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda noted that this level of funding implies that Uganda’s portfolio of the Global Fund has increased by over US$ 57m from the funding received under the previous grant of US$421m. “It’s my pleasure to note that the funding from Global Fund to the Government of Uganda is the highest ever received among the African countries. This is a sign of confidence which our Partners have in the country systems” Rugunda said amidst applauses.
Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng applauded efforts from Global Fund in achieving sustainable health indices. “The grants we are signing today to cover the period 2018-2020, will continue to consolidate the gains and achievements from the previous grants and increase coverage of interventions across the country and to reach to all beneficiaries” she said.
In her opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine emphasized the need for proper accountability and transparency in the grant implementation. “Every coin from this grant must reach the intended beneficiaries in a timely manner” she added.
Uganda went through an extensive consultative process embraced by all actors involved in the response towards HIV, TB and Malaria during preparations for the grant applications for the three diseases of concern. The actors included founders, programmers, implementers and evaluators who ensure services reach the intended beneficiaries.
Following grant making and submission, the Global Fund board approved USD $478 million including catalytic funding and emergency funds for refugees for the implementation period of 2018-2020.