GOVERNMENT IS yet to release funding promised to the Ghana AIDS Commission making the commission?s target of halving prevalence HIV by 2015 uncertain.

The Commission is facing a financial crunch especially with the drop in funding from development partners.

The commission, which is largely funded by the Global Fund and international donor agencies, has lamented that the Eurozone crisis has badly affected its funding.
The Director of Technical Services at the commission, Dr. Richard Amenyah told Joy Fm that even though government has committed to support the commission with GH?150million, this has yet to materialize.
According to him, the financial constraint is consequently hampering the commission?s operations.

The Ghana AIDS Commission has been urged to adopt innovative ways of generating funds to fight against HIV/AIDS.

At its funding partnership forum a while ago, Vice President John Mahama expressed government?s commitment to increase support in the fight against the Disease but urged the commission to also complement that effort.

He said government will continue to work with the Ghana AIDS Commission to ensure there is efficiency and some predictability in resource allocation.

The partnership forum and the business meeting discussed progress made last year and validated the National Strategic Plan for the next three years.

Ghana currently is faced with HIV funding challenges as the Global Fund withdrew its support to the country?s fight against HIV.

The Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS has since 2005 been contributing to about seventy percent of Ghana?s anti-HIV programmes.

Meanwhile the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in Ghana are in danger due to an alleged shortage of anti-retroviral drugs at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

Some HIV/AIDS infected persons who spoke to DAILY GUIDE a few weeks ago concerning the shortage claimed that for the past two months there had been shortages of the essential drug at the hospital.

They complained they were not being provided with the life-saving drugs any time they visited Korle-Bu with the excuse from doctors that there were no drugs for them.

According to the patients, any time they tried to enquire from the doctors when the drugs would be available, they are told no doctor could tell them that.

As at November 2011, there were 61,393 HIV/AIDS infected people living on anti-retroviral drugs in Ghana. Out of that, 2,812 are children, while the adult population is around 58,581 with about 8,000 being pregnant women.

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