Global Fund celebrates 10-year partnership with Rwanda, which has since seen funding of about $900 million to Rwanda’s Millennium Development Goal target (MDG’s).
The celebration saw the signing of another grant of $204 million to improve the efficiency of the fight against HIV in Rwanda on February 10, 2014.
The financing is intended to achieve a greater impact in the implementation of
Rwanda’s national strategic plan for HIV from 2013-2018.
“The main idea is to empower a high-performing country like Rwanda to further invest for higher impact,” said Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Chair of the Board of the Global Fund.
“Rwanda is able to apply this approach because it has an outstanding HIV program, a robust HIV and AIDS national strategic plan, and strong financial and monitoring systems.”
According to the agreement, the funds will be channelled through sector budget support based on HIV national strategic plan cash needs.
The National strategic plan is aligned with the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2), Vision 2020 and takes into account of last strategy achievements.
The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete noted that Global Fund has been a good development partner and has supported various health projects, including Malaria and Tuberculosis.
“Without a healthy population we cannot go anywhere. We realize that there has to be sustainability. We will ensure accountability not only for further funding but also to sustain the gains made,” Minister Gatete said.
Rwanda’s minister of health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho commended the move saying it is a great approach.
Adding on to say that it is testimony to the achievements Rwanda has made in managing grant funding, and the partnership we enjoy with the Global Fund.
“We are confident that we will sustain the universal access to treatment and care, reduce new infections by two-thirds, and halve the number of AIDS deaths in the next five years.”
Partnership between the Government of Rwanda and the Global Fund dates way back in 2003, the first two complementary projects to be funded were the Integrated VCT project (2003) with the main objective of increasing the number of sites offering Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) services across the country.
Others are decentralization of the Care and Treatment for the People Living With HIV project (2004) that aimed at improving HIV care services through increased number of sites offering anti-retroviral treatment (ART) and availability of antiretroviral drugs (ARV).
From 2003 to 2013, Rwanda has seen the HIV Sero-positivity rate has reduced from 10.80 percent to 0.80 percent.
Prevalence of HIV in pregnant women (in PMTCT) from 9.2 percent to 1.00 percent while the percentage of infants born to HIV and mothers who are infected (18 months)from 9.70 percent to 0.90 percent.
Among HIV-TB co-infected cases, 97.3 percent are on treatment.