Global Fund approves $67m for HIV and TB in Rwanda


global fundGlobal Fund International has approved $67m (Frw361.8bn) project proposals for Rwanda to control HIV/Aids and Tuberculosis (TB). According to sources, the approval follows the submission of three project proposals worth $76m (approxFrw410.4b) early this year.
Efforts to get a comment from Dr Innocent Nyaruhirira, the State Minister in charge of Aids and Other Infectious Diseases over the development were fruitless by press time.

ut a source in the Ministry of Health confirmed the approval of the two project proposals, saying they covered the next five years.Shakilla Umutoni, a member of the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) for Rwanda, said: “When we met as members of CCM-Rwanda, we had so many proposals under each programme (HIV/Aids, TB and Malaria). But as the Global Fund required, we had to fuse them all up or even drop others to come up with three of them.”

She revealed that Rwanda’s HIV/Aids proposal centered on funding for the decentralisation of treatment centres to the heavily affected rural communities. For the TB programme, Rwanda wants to increase its efforts in programmes combating the pandemic, she added.

The new Global Fund financial support dubbed Round 6 Grant follows the previous Round 5 Grant where $80m (approx Frw432bn) was disbursed to fight malaria and strengthen Mutuelle de Sante, a health insurance scheme.

The Round 6 Grant was announced at a GF Board Meeting in Guatemala, where Rwanda was represented by the Secretary General in the Ministry of Health, Caroline Kayonga. It brings the accrued financial support by the Global Fund to $173m (approx Frw934.2bn) since 2003.