Source: Africanpress, Posted by African Press International on December 1, 2011
The funding is not enough. The disease is a menace and when those affected by the disease die they live behind children who are unable to care for themselves. World leaders should put more energy and funds to fight the disease and help those suffering from it.
HIV/AIDS funding received a blow when the Global Fund rejected its proposals in rounds eight and nine. Kenya has a projected $167 billion shortfall to cover its HIV programmes up to 2013. The country has put more than 400,000 people on ARVs, but another 600,000 need the drugs and have no access to them.
At the end of November 2011, HIV-positive people in Coast Province, eastern Kenya, held demonstrations over the lack of drugs in health facilities, forcing people to purchase the drugs from private pharmacies, but many who can’t afford the drugs are going without.
Kenya’s Cabinet has proposed that the Ministry of Finance create an HIV/AIDS Trust Fund to support scaling up the HIV response. If approved, the government will contribute 1 percent of its annual revenue to the fund.