June 13, 2024
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Over $323m spent on HIV/AIDS response in 3 years – Ghana AIDS Commission

Ghana spent $323.7 million on HIV/AIDS-related activities over the last three years, the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) has disclosed.

The total HIV/AIDS-related expenditure for the years 2019, 2020, and 2021 stood at $88,648,568, $107,280,242 and $127,828,300 respectively.

The Director General of Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr Kyeremeh Atuahene said the funds for each respective year were the total contribution made by the government, the private sector and the international community.

Dr Atuahene made this known at the launch and dissemination of the National AIDS Spending Assessment (NASA) report for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

NASA is a comprehensive and systemic resource tracking method that describes the financial flow, actual disbursements and expenditures on HIV/AIDS programmes.

It describes the HIV/AIDS financial flow and expenditures for both health and non-health activities for the period mentioned while identifying and addressing funding gaps.

The report focuses on three dimensions, including financing, provision and consumption, and the overall estimates on the expenditures of the public, private sectors and international donors on the national HIV and AIDS response.

The Director General explained that findings from NASA 2019, 2020 and 2021 also show a similar trend of over-dependence on international sources in financing the national HIV response.

He said there was the need to use the report as an advocacy tool for re-prioritizing HIV spending as the country sought to address the complex inequalities in resource allocation.

“We all have a part to play in defining how we introduce and infuse quality into the daily activities of the national response.” Dr Atuahene stated.

The Executive Oversight Minister for GAC and Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Kwaku Afriyie, launching the report, commended the NASA steering committee for providing technical support for the exercise.

He urged the Commission to continuously engage government, development partners and all the multi-sectoral stakeholders of the national response.

Dr Afriyie said this would help mobilise adequate funds to finance the implementation of the National Strategic Plan for 2021-2025 to achieve the national targets and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

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