Global Fund pledges $135m to Malawi: AIDS Candlelight Memorial on September 20

Malawi will commemorate the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial and the HIV Testing and Counseling Week for this year on September 20, 2014 in Mchinji at a time when Global Fund has committed significant resources to Malawi.

MacDonald Bamusi, writing in the Daily Times of Friday, September 12, 2014, reports that Global Fund has pledged US$135 million to Malawi in the current financial year of 2014-2015. This contradicts what was reported on social media that foreign donors had lost confidence in Malawi’s National Aids Commission (NAC) and, as a consequence, have withdrawn funding from the organization. NAC leads Malawi’s response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic and is housed in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC).

President Peter Mutharika at Protect the Goal Campaign for HIV and AIDS at Sanjika

President Peter Mutharika at Protect the Goal Campaign for HIV and AIDS at Sanjika

On September 13, 2014, government spokesperson Hon Kondwani Nankhumwa was quoted in the Nyasa Times online publication as saying that despite the aid freeze to the Malawi Government, Malawi’s donors are still supporting key sectors like Agriculture, Health and Governance. My own investigations revealed that NAC’s current relationship with its foreign donors remains vibrant. Donors have openly expressed great confidence in the integrity and responsiveness of NAC.

Unfortunately, negative reporting such as we have recently seen on social media sends the wrong signals to donors and thus jeopardises Malawi’s national response to HIV and AIDS while, at the same time, creating anxiety among people living with HIV. By contrast, His Excellency the President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, should be commended for demonstrating full support for NAC by, among other things, recently endorsing the ‘Protect the Goal Campaign Ball’ in the presence of Asamoah Gyan, captain of Ghana’s National soccer team.

Global Fund, one of our leading donors in the fight against HIV and AIDS, has already committed US$135 million (MK54 billion) to the work of the NAC this fiscal year alone. The Fund has also committed US$574 million (MK250 billion) to Malawi for 2016-2019. Not stopping there, the NAC has already submitted an Expression of Interest to remain the Principal Recipient for Global Fund Resources in the struggle against HIV and AIDS. Another donor, the World Bank, will give the NAC US$10 million (MK4 billion) this year and expresses satisfaction with the NAC’s work.

In further tacit endorsement of the work of the National AIDS Commission, the United States Government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) , for its part, will provide US$1 million (MK400 million) in 2014-15.

The Global Fund, the World Bank, the Centers for Disease Control and donor governments all express satisfaction with the kind of work being done in Malawi by the NAC. They express eagerness to receive new applications for additional funding. Just from the above mentioned donors alone, the NAC will amass US$146 million, which translates into MK58.4 billion, in this financial year alone to aid it in its impressive work fighting against the further spread of HIV and AIDS in our country.

It is therefore quite obvious that NAC remains in the good books of our donors. The President, too, has thrown his weight behind the fight against HIV and AIDS as described above. In so doing, both our President and our donors demonstrate a remarkable and admirable commitment to the fight against a pandemic for which there are treatments but still no cure. The national response to HIV and AIDS is about human health and about saving lives.

This struggle can benefit from positive media contributions that encourage our donors, our leaders and NAC to carry on with their good work in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

The author, Concerned Citizen, is a Malawian activist in the fight against HIV-AIDS

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9 thoughts on “Global Fund pledges $135m to Malawi: AIDS Candlelight Memorial on September 20”

  1. Thekerani Miguel says:

    News of hope for Malawians (and of course Mozambicans) on ART treatment. More reassuring is the fact that Global Fund shall not transfer even one cent of this pledged aid into any of risk-riddled NAC bank accounts but instead ARVs and other treatments including medical equipment shall be procured offshore using UNICEF systems. That’s the amount of confidence and trust the Global Fund has in NAC. Malawians have a right to start demanding periodic public publication of NAC accounts on the premise that it is a public institution transacting gargantuan donor money on behalf of the Nation. In a democratic dispensation, Government organs such as NAC should demonstrate that they are existing to honestly advance the public interest and therefore ought to subject their affairs to public scrutiny. The fact that the Malawi Government makes an annual contribution of $2.0 Million to the NAC resource envelope underscores the need for its public probity.

  2. Eya says:

    Good news. bwanawe Thomas Bisika uzingogwira ntchitoyo. Just be professional and your enemies will be ashamed. How can we make lots of people suffer coz of jealous? This is what PP and people from a certain region know. They think DPP and APM will fail. Auponda!

  3. Zelbray says:

    The whole article against NAC which appeared in Malawi Voice it was the work of Bright Malopa. His aim its to become the head of NAC by replacing Thomas Bisika. So Malopa’s method its by tarnishing Thomas Bisika. Mwaiona imeneyo?

  4. William Charlotte says:

    HELP ME THANK THE MAN WHO CURED MY HIV/AIDS.i heard he cures;CANCER,HEPATITIS,DIABETES,INSOMNIA,MIGRAINE AND HYPERTENSION

  5. Truth says:

    PP thugs and suppoters from the region iyo are the ones who write crap to tanish this government. Munya muona, makape inu.

  6. Patrick Jali says:

    Very fine thats wat we were waiting for, shame the devil.

  7. Makito says:

    Osangolemba NAC. There is no one by the name concerned citizen. DPP you are hopeless.

  8. wandale says:

    Mr Malopa and Mr Kaimvi should be very ashamed with the scathing report they published on the social network attacking the leadership of NAC, we should have got NACs side of the story before publishing that damaging report! Unfortunately some members of the donor community also read the posting and it sends a very bad signal not only to NAC management but the whole country. Find other means of getting a job at NAC instead of tarnishing the whole country! I know the story was built around Joyce Banda Foundation donation and the relationship between the CEO and Joyce Banda. You could have just deployed a Memo to the Head of State!

  9. Adzonzi says:

    mudyenso ndalamazo agalu inu

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