The Malawi Aids Counselling and Resource Organisation (MACRO), one of the country’s oldest providers of HIV and AIDS services, may be forced to retrench at least half of its workforce by June this year as a result of a 50 percent aid cut from National Aids Commission (NAC).
This development will drastically affect thousands of Malawians who rely on the organisation on HIV and AIDS services especially voluntary counselling and testing (VCT).
NAC was, early this year, stripped of its long time status as Malawi’s principal recipient of Global Fund due to failure to meet funding criteria and its beneficiaries, such as Macro, are feeling the pinch.
Macro executive director Kibble Ngalauka is quoted on a local blog (www.mosesmasiyeblog.wordpress.com) owned by a local journalist that the organisation has issued a memorandum informing its staff members of what it calls ‘massive retrenchment’ following the aid cut.
“NAC has told us in writing that come June, 2015, it will only provide 50 percent funding,” Ngalauka told the blog.
NAC board chairperson Mara Kum’bweza Banda was not available for comment on the issue.
After NAC was stripped of its status by Global Fund, Action Aid, World Vision and the Ministry of Health were identified to be recipients of the fund under the new dual financing requirement which needs to have two recipients one from government side and the other from civil society.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :