Kenya has received a Ksh 415 billion grant from the Global Fund, to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and build systems for health over the next three years.
According to the Ministry of Health, this is the highest ever single grant Kenya has received from the fund since 2002. In 2017, it received KSh38 billion for the 2017-2021 period.
“It is a 17% increment from the 2017 allocation,” Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said.
Kariuki said the move follows intense lobbying at the sixth Global Fund replenishment conference in Geneva last year.
Kenya received Ksh 271,649,197 (AIDS), Ksh 56,694,297 (Tuberculosis) and Ksh 86,966,676 for malaria.
“The funds will help save 16 million lives, cut the mortality rate for the three diseases in half and get the world back on track to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030,” Global Fund said in a statement.
The Global Fund’s 2020-2022 allocation methodology is geared toward increasing the overall impact of programs to prevent, treat and care for people affected by HIV, TB and malaria, and to build resilient and sustainable systems for health.
Global Fund executive director Peter Sands said this was the largest-ever funding allocation to eligible countries. “The allocations include US$12.71 billion for country allocations and US$890 million for catalytic investments for the period beginning 1 January 2020 – 23% more than for the previous three-year period.”
Global Fund receives money from donor countries and NGOs and redistributes it to needy countries with a high disease burden.