By Brenda Y. Nchewnang-Ngassa
A two-day meeting on how to use some 22,000 Euros from the Fund to fight HIV, TB and Malaria is underway in Yaounde.
Partners in the implementation of HIV and tuberculosis control activities in Cameroon are currently having a national consultative meeting to seek ways of how to better use some 22,000 Euros (approximately FCFA 144 billion) which is part of Global Fund to fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in Cameroon.
While opening discussions yesterday March 16, 2016 in Yaounde, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Health, Professor Sinata Koulla-Shiro urged partners to come-up with projects that will have a major impact on the health system. Bruno Clary from the Global Fund said his institution is investing some 288 US Dollas (approximately FCFA 170 billion) in the fight against HIV, Malaria and TB during the period 2015-2017 in Cameroon.
The meeting aims at ensuring that the funds are used in the best possible way to ensure positive health impact on malaria, TB and HIV. The Global Fund expert highlighted some bottle necks in the programme implantation and urged the government and its partners to work in the same direction, assign responsibilities and know who can do what and how. “Our interest is that the money should be spent efficiently”, Bruno Clary underlined.
The vice-president of the Country Coordinating Mechanism of Global Fund, Dr Marius Machaire Biloa, said the Global Fund has realised that just like any other country, Cameroon will not be able to consume all the FCFA 144 billion given to fight against HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. From calculations and estimations, Dr Biloa said some 22,000 Euros will be left unused and for the money not to be wasted, partners in the fight against HIV and tuberculosis are coming up with activities through which the money can be effectively used. He explained that they hope to come out with activities that will have a high impact in the fight against HIV and tuberculosis so as to derive better results.
Source: All Africa