Kenya pledges Sh500 million to Global Fund to fight HIV, TB, Malaria

Deputy President William Ruto with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at KICC, August 26, 2017 /CHARLES KIMANI
Deputy President William Ruto with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at KICC, August 26, 2017 /CHARLES KIMANI

Kenya has pledged approximately Sh500 million ($5 million) donation to the Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and Malaria, DP Ruto said Friday.

Ruto made the announcement at the TICAD universal health coverage side event in the presence of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at KICC.

Kenya is a major recipient of global fund support in provision of ARVs and mosquito nets.

Last year, Kenya pledged $2.6 million (approx. Sh262 million) to the fund.

Kenya is now one of the biggest African donors to Global fund. But it's also one of the biggest recipients.

In the last 3 years, Kenya has received Sh33 billion to fight HIV, Malaria and TB.

Global Fund executive director Mark Dybul has challenged private sector to match Kenya's donation to the Global Fund.

The Aids Healthcare Foundation has expressed their gratitude to the Kenyan Government for the pledge. They were lobbying for the government to pledge

$4 million (approx. Sh403 million) to the fifth Global Fund this year.

“We had lobbied for Kenya to pledge $4million, which was $2millon higher than previous replenishment. I am dancing because GOK has pledged $1million higher than we advocated for. This for sure is great news and good leadership to other African countries by Kenya,” Faith Ndungu programs manager AHF said.

The Global fund needs $13 billion (approx. Sh1.3 trillion) to be able to cater for the beneficiary countries.

Kenya has been a beneficiary of the Global Fund since 2003.

The money that Kenya has been receiving over the last few years has helped save the lives of thousands of Kenyans.

For instance, close to one million people who are living with HIV in the country are on anti-retroviral treatment funded through the kitty.

A total of 1.6 million are people living with HIV in the country.