Global Fund rejects Namibia's funding application

Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Global Fund has thrown out Namibia's round eight application for US$160 million to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, after the country failed to meet standards set by the Fund's technical review panel, government said Thursday.
Health Minister Richard Kamwi said that the Fund had rejected the application, adding that the health sector would have to tighten its belt to cope with the budgetary constraints.
Kamwi said that failure to secure funding from Global Fund means 'hard times' ahead for the health sector.
"We actually submitted the proposal on time and all experts were positive about the proposal.
It is a billion dollar question why we did not get the funds," Kamwi said.
"We have to tighten our belts to make sure whatever we have is channelled property to areas of priority," he added.
Government would have to prioritise anti-retroviral treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission and ensure that about 80 percent of babies born to positive mothers are negative.
Kamwi said that about 70,000 Namibians are on ARV treatment.
He disclosed that the ministry is now working on submissions for round nine application.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was established in January 2002 to help raise global financing for interventions against the diseases.

04 december 2008 09:52:00

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