Kenya pledges Ksh 1.2 billion to the Global Fund Kitty

The Kenyan government has increased its pledge and contribution to the Global Fund on Thursday during the 7th Global Fund Replenishment pledging conference, offering $10 million (Ksh 1.2 billion), a 40% increase over the $6 million(Ksh 723 million) pledge made in 2019.

The funds will be utilized to combat AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria through the Global Fund, an international funding and partnering organization aimed at attracting, leveraging, and investing additional resources to eliminate the diseases.

Earlier this month, Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache said the Global Fund has played a significant role in the health sector, as well as building the country’s community and health systems.

“Since 2002 the Global Fund has been a partner in advancing universal access to health services in Kenya. To date, the Global Fund has signed in favor of Kenya grants amounting to over US$1.8 billion.” She informed.

The grants, according to the PS, have not only reinforced the Kenyan government’s efforts to combat the three global concerns, but have also boosted health service delivery, infrastructure, and community systems.

She stated that, in collaboration with the Global Fund and other partners, Kenya made significant progress across three strategic public health programs between 2013 and 2021, with the HIV program resulting in a 67% decrease in annual AIDS-related deaths and an 83% increase in the number of people living with HIV who are on life-saving antiretroviral treatment, from 0.66 million in 2013 to 1.2 million in 2021.

Mochache pledged that the government will continue to allocate greater resources to the health sector, find answers to our requirements based on Health policies, and promote local manufacturing to guarantee that the advances made are sustainable.

“We commit to ensure good governance and accountability of resources in the health sector to ensure sustainability of the gains in the health Sector,” she said.

The 7th Replenishment Conference attempts to push for at least US$18 billion to, among other things, get the world back on track toward eradicating HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria.

The pledge conference was hosted by US President Joe Biden in New York, USA, from September 18 to September 21, 2022.

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