KENYA Coordinating Mechanism for Global Fund has assured the public that there is no funding crisis in the country. This follows a recent move by the Global Fund to suspend the provision of money for the 11th round towards HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis. The government has dispelled fears that initiatives to prevent and control the three deadly diseases will be hampered following the suspension.
While assuring the over 600,000 patients currently on Anti-retroviral therapy of their safety, National Aids Control Council director Alloys Orago said the suspension will not affect Kenya's programmes. "Kenya has a lot of security for its activities and amenities that will run up to 2016," Orago said, adding that Kenya has already been given a clean bill of health to access the funds it had earlier requested for.
He was addressing the press in Nairobi, while responding to fears from the public on the stalemate of the fund, which has been used globally to contain the disease burden. GF has suspended support for the next rounds of the programmes globally until 2014, following cases of misappropriation by various states.
More than 200,000 patients on ARVs, over 500 health centres and nutrition initiatives are among the areas that the funds have been channeled to in Kenya. Kenya has received a total of $589.4 million since the program was started in 2003, and has used the funds to control the spread of malaria through the use of treated mosquito nets, as well as initiated programs to manage TB and HIV/Aids.