Cameroon’s proposal for Round 10 financial support from the Global Fund against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has been approved.
Unlike 2010, 2011 is certainly going to be a good year for Cameroonians particularly those living with HIV/AIDS. The Global Fund for the Fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has approved Cameroon’s project proposal for Round 10 for the fight against HIV/AIDS. As such, Cameroon will benefit from a donation of FCFA 63,800 billion for a period of five years (2011-2015) from the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS only. The announcement was made at the end of the Administrative Council session of the Global Fund that took place from December 13 to 15.
The new agreement from the Global Fund is an addition to that obtained during Round 9 for tuberculosis and malaria. In all, Cameroon will receive a total amount of about FCFA 150 billion from the Global Fund within the framework of the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria during the period of 2011-2015. Of the amount, FCFA 75 billion will be used to fight malaria; FCFA 11 billion for tuberculosis, while FCFA 63,800 will be to curb HIV/AIDS (as mentioned earlier). The Minister of Public Health, André Mama Fouda says this special gift from the Global Fund has come to add to the efforts of the government in preventing and ensuring free treatment for those living with HIV/AIDS.
While expressing the gratitude of the government to all its national and international partners who participated in the writing of the funding proposal to the Global Fund, the Minister of Public Health says the money will be used to boost the fight against HIV in areas such as prevention (particularly within the risk population), improve care given to HIV patients as well as supporting children orphaned by AIDS. Minister André Mama Fouda further reiterated that more efforts will be made to prevent the spread of HIV particularly the transmission of HIV from mother-to-child during pregnancy.
Some of the FCFA 63,800 billion will also be used to fully finance the National Strategic Plan for the fight against HIV/AIDS from 2011-2015 which is still needy financially. As such, emphasis will be placed on prevention measures towards risky groups such as truck drivers, the military, sex workers and men who have sexual intercourse with men (msm). Support to those orphaned by AIDS will also be reinforced as well ensuring that the 90,000 patients who are eligible for antiretroviral drugs have access to treatment.