In a formal petition, Rwandan HIV/AIDS advocates, including staff from AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Rwanda have urged the Global Fund Board to refrain from considering the categorization of country’s income groups by World Bank but rather increase funding allocated to civil society organizations and call on China to step up its contribution to the Fund.
The appeal was made yesterday in Kigali before the Global Fund Board officially convened for its 37th meeting.
“As Global Fund implementing country, Rwanda has achieved a lot in fighting against HIV,TB,Malaria . We want Global Fund fully funded so that we have more resources to save more lives. Like many other implementing countries we need to ensure funding to civil societies is available and sustained,” said Etienne Hakizimana, AHF Rwanda prevention and testing coordinator who is also in charge of advocacy.
According to the petition, the World Bank classifies countries into low-, middle-, and high-income groups based on Gross National Income (GNI). The advocates asserted that the Global Fund should base on such classifications while establishing funding because they do not accurately reflect public health challenges in countries regardless of their GNI level.
The petition also appealed on implementing countries to increase Global Fund allocation to CSOs involved in community interventions on HIV/TB and malaria in human rights based approach.
It also asked the Board to direct the Global Fund to open an ongoing dialogue with Chinese officials to explore opportunities for China to increase its contribution to the Fund. Of the world’s five leading economies, China is by far the smallest donor, donating only 2.5% of the amounts donated by Germany and Japan.
The petition was signed by the Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion (RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP), a national network that advocates, coordinates, builds capacities, monitors and evaluates NGO members’ implementing activities in the health sector.