President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has launched the new funding model III of the Global Fund NFMS Grant (2021 – 2023) in Accra.
According to the President, the $804 million grant received from the Global Fund since 2002, has helped accelerate, among others, the progress towards the realisation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaking at the launch at the Kempinski Hotel Wednesday, the President said the grant had also helped achieve lower mobility and mortality in malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis, as well as strengthen the country’s entire healthcare system.
The global fund had partnered with Ghana’s Heath system since 2002 and its impact cannot be overlooked as the country had received disbursement over the last two decades to strengthen its healthcare delivery systems.
Ghana, over the last three years, had made robust commitments to increase its domestic investments in health and had substantially reduced its reliance on the Global Fund to finance its healthcare service delivery.
For instance, Ghana was allocated US$193,980,639 from the Global Fund for HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria and building resilient and sustainable systems for health for 2018-2020.
This amount, according to the Fund, represented a significant drop from the US$247,900,325 that was signed in 2015.
However, President Akufo-Addo was appreciative of the fund’s commitment to disbursing funds to treat malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV in the country, adding “over the years the Global Fund had played a critical role in our health delivery system.”
He said despite the exigency challenges facing the world by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fund had maintained and shown commitment to helping eradicate these three diseases — Malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis.
“Ghana also appreciates the COVID-19 emergency support offered by the Fund in the areas of testing and the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPEs).”
President Akufo-Addo said through the Global Fund investment in the country’s health sector, Ghana has among others, developed the capacity to screen some 900,000 persons for HIV, and offered them preventive services.
He said the Fund is also supporting the retooling of Tuberculosis diagnosis with 128 expects serving as the lead for first-line testing.
The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, said the new Global Fund model is in line with Government’s new National policy direction on Health — the revised National Health Policy 2020, as well as, the Universal Health Coverage Roadmap — 2030.
This new policy direction, the Health Minister said seeks to work collaboratively with all stakeholders and partners to ensure that, all people in Ghana have access to high-quality health services in respective of their background.
He commended President Akufo-Addo for his exemplary leadership, particularly with how Ghana had managed the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, which currently has about 2000 active cases.
Kwaku Agyeman Manu said Government is making all efforts to vaccinate Ghanaians and ensure that “we leave no one behind in the vaccinating campaign.
Ghana, a lower-middle-income country, was the first country to sign a Global Fund grant in 2002.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD