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Tough Times Ahead As Donors Abandon Uganda’s Malaria Fight

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Uncertainty is looming in Uganda as funders and donors have opted to quit the fight against Malaria which is still a big health threat in the Pearl of Africa. These according to the Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said their funds will now go to other causes but not fighting Malaria in Uganda.

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The announcements were made in Cameroon early this year where several African health ministers converged in an event organized by the world bank and the bold truth was told to their faces.

Uganda largely depends on grants, donations and loans to fund it’s health sector and the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 threatened the lifeline of many health projects which depend on money from donors especially those living with HIV whose drugs are entirely bought by PEPFAR, an American presidential initiative.

For years, Global Fund among other donors have been funding malaria related initiatives especially the Free Mosquito nets, Mosquito spraying in homes, test kits and drugs but seems this won’t happen anymore and government will have to look for other avenues to find money to fund these initiatives.

Speaking in parliament recently, Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has revealed that the international donors have announced plans to end funding malaria projects in Uganda & have urged the Museveni government to raise its own funds to fight against malaria, because the donors have now turned their focus on other global issues like wars in Ukraine & Gaza as well as climate change activities.

“Our partners are no longer willing to increase any more funding for malaria, they have all levelled off. We were invited to Cameroon recently, I was there in person and we were told the world has moved on to climate change issues, global health security and to wars in Ukraine and Israel. So we were told to sign a declaration that each of the 10 high burden countries will look for their own domestic resources and bring their malaria pandemics or epidemics to an end by themselves. So, we aren’t looking for any additional increase of resources for malaria, it has to be domestic resources,”-said Dr Jane Ruth Aceng

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