President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured that his government is committed to the fight against malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB).
He gave the assurance yesterday when he delivered the keynote address at the launch of the Global Fund (New Funding Module 3, NFM3) grant held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.
He acknowledged that the mobility and mortality rates associated with the three diseases continue to threaten the country’s development, and therefore called for collaborative efforts to eliminate them.
“Today, as we commence the New Funding Module 3, we aim to accelerate progress towards the realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, achieve lower mobility and mortality in malaria, HIV and TB, as well as strengthen our entire health care system. With some $204, 000,000.00 to be made available by the Fund between 2021 to 2023, we will be able to continue with the programme to eliminate HIV, Malaria and TB and also build health structures that are beneficial to dealing with chronic and infectious diseases,” President Akufo-Addo indicated.
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The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, noted that the launch of the new Global Fund grant is in line with the new national policy direction on health, as enshrined in the revised National Health Policy (NHP, 2020), as well as the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Roadmap 2020 – 2030.
The policy seeks to work collaboratively with all stakeholders and partners to ensure that Ghanaians have timely access to high quality health services irrespective of ability to pay at the point of use.
“There is still more work to be done in our quest to improve the quality of life of the people living in Ghana. The current grant therefore comes at an opportune time. It is important that we work within the revised health policy framework, country systems and structures as we collectively implement the objectives of the NFM3,” he said.