The fight against malaria in Uganda is about to undergo a significant transition as attention shifts from treatment to prevention, particularly at the household level.
The government has agreed with the Global Fund and other partners to place more focus on disease prevention, according to Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health. According to her, this is essential because the decreased gains over the previous five years appear to have plateaued and the health ministry's initiatives do not appear to be sufficient.
She affirmed that a serious malaria epidemic, whose incidence had dropped from 49% to 9% in 2019, is currently raging in Uganda.
We will set up procedures that will let the community take charge of its health now that we have an improved Public Health Act.
Every family, society, and not only the government alone, has a responsibility to prevent disease. We want people to trim the bushes around their homes and do the very minimum, like get rid of standing water that encourages mosquito breeding, added Atwine.
The Health Ministry PS stated that attempts will also be made to support schools with treated mosquito nets and fumigation to avoid malaria in schools.
She was giving a speech today at the Protea Hotel in Kampala after the Global Fund's Uganda Country Coordinating Mechanism. National priorities for HIV, TB, Malaria, and RSSH for the funding period of 2024–2026 were being discussed by the Global Fund.
The Global Fund said at the summit that it will give the Ugandan government $587 million to fight tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria. $31 million will go to TB, $288 million to HIV/AIDS, and $267 million to malaria.
Uganda has qualified for the fund due to the efficient use of prior financing, the channeling of that funds toward its intended use, and the adoption of best practices in the management of the fund.
The government is supposed to apply to ensure the flow of cash through the Country Coordinating Mechanisms, which is the national committee that submits financing applications to the Global Fund and manages grants.
According to Andrew Musoke, the head of the country coordination mechanism for Uganda, which organizes and mobilizes global fund funding, important objectives are currently being discussed to determine how best to use the funding.
The 2023–2025 Global Fund distribution approach prioritizes higher burden, lower income nations while taking into account the threat of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), the potential for malaria resurgence, and HIV epidemics among vulnerable populations.
According to Musoke, Global Fund has boosted its allocation to nations like Uganda since it is aware of the harm the COVID-19 pandemic has done to the health systems there.
He claimed that the Global Fund was requesting countries to upgrade their systems, particularly in disease prevention, due to the organization's limited funding.
The purpose of today's National Dialogue was to keep stakeholders informed about the current HIV, TB, and malaria responses in Uganda, identify critical gaps in those responses and inform stakeholders about the ongoing Global Fund application procedures.
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