Government announced its donation of $5 million (Sh500 million) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
This was announced on Saturday by the Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed who spoke on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Global Fund Replenishment conference currently taking place in Montreal, Canada.
By this announcement, Kenya leads all other African countries, donating the highest to provide drugs that would help fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Other African countries that donated to the global health care include South Africa which also pledged $5 million (Sh500 million) and Namibia which contributed $1.5 million (Sh150 million) among others.
“The Global Fund has played a major role in supporting Kenya’s success in combating HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the years,” read CS Amina.
This donation marks part of the government’s ‘giving to receive’ concept in which all countries benefiting from the global fund also make contributions.
Kenya runs the 7th largest Global Fund portfolio and its donation is part of its commitment to ensure the fund’s goal eradicating AIDS, TB and malaria by 2030.
The country is expected to receive more than Sh34 billion from the Global Fund in the next three years and the president pointed out that about 28 million new HIV infections and 21 million AIDS-related deaths could be averted if global commitment is maintained.
The President said:
“It is in the spirit of solidarity and shared responsibility that the Government of Kenya has pledged 5 million US Dollars towards the 5th Global Fund Replenishment, which shows an increase from 2 Million dollars pledged and honored during the last cycle.”
Over $54 million (Sh5.4 billion) has been spent by government in the last two financial years as its contribution to the fund.
Moreover, Kenya has over 950,000 people living with HIV enrolled in lifelong anti-retroviral treatment, and who will receive ARVs for the next 70 years. It also has over 1.2 million TB patients
However, TB cases has drastically reduced in the past through years as a large number of the patients have been successfully cured.
In the statement read by CS Amina, the President said the global fund had played major role in saving the lives of millions all over the world.
Added to this, Health Cabinet Secretary, Cleopa Mailu said Kenya expects to get a funding of $347 million (Sh34 billion) in the next three years.
Other global contributors include USA, France, Canada, the European Commission and Netherlands among others.