Govt pledges funds to combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis

The Kenyan government has pledged 2 million US dollars to the global fund to be used in the 2014-2016 period for the treatment and management of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in the country.

According to a report presented in the National Assembly by the Departmental committee on health, the funds will be distributed in three phases.

Responding to a statement sought by Embakasi North MP James Gakuya, committee chair Rachael Nyamai said Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia made the promise when he attended the 4th Global Fund Replenishment conference in Washington USA in December last year.

Nyamai explained that 1.5 million US dollars will be disbursed equally in the first two years while the remaining 500,000 US dollars will be spent in the third year.

The government intends to use the funds to procure anti retroviral drugs, TB drugs, testing kits, laboratory equipment, long lasting mosquito nets and facilitate training of health workers.

In total the Global Fund has allocated 337 million US dollars for the treatment and management of the three diseases globally for the period 2014-2017.