The Government of Rwanda and the Global Fund have signed a new grant agreement that will be used to implement Rwanda’s national strategic plan for HIV (2013-2018) with sharply reduced oversight.
On behalf of the government of Rwanda, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Ambassador Claver Gatete and Dr. Mark Dybul, the Executive Director of Global Fund on February 10 signed the grant agreement which will support the fight against HIV, malaria and TB.
The grant is part of a result-based funding mechanism approach which will finance two of the five year National strategic Plan.
The signing was also witnessed by four other Rwandan ministers of Health, Education and Gender &Family promotion- who are also key partners in implementing the global fund agenda that has seen remarkable results in the last decade.
The new agreement, which includes funding of US$204 million (approximately Rwf 138 billion), is expected to give Rwanda a lead on the result-based financing- a new approach that the Global fund has taken in supporting health development initiatives globally.
Through this approach, the finance Rwanda is expected to play a lead role of effective use of Global funding on health issues and the financing is expected to significantly contribute to improving the efficiency of the fight against HIV in Rwanda and achieve greater impact.
National Strategic Plan is a five year strategy which will guide programming and implementation of HIV related interventions and activities in the period of 2013 – 2118.
Dr. Mark Dybul, the Executive Director of Global Fund said that Rwanda has proved its worth over the last decade by using the earlier funding appropriately, which is reason why the Global fund is interested in assisting Rwanda towards development.
Adding that being a result oriented country, Rwanda’s success in utilizing Global Fund resources has led to signing a new grant.
“Rwanda has been accountable and an example for us in using the funds and that is why we are confident that these funds will be used to meet the required results”. We are very sure that this funding will have an impact on the citizens and also contribute to the global goals we have set” Dybul said.
Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete noted that Global Fund has been a good development partner and has supported various health projects, including Malaria and Tuberculosis.
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health of Rwanda said that this new approach is great and it is testimony to the achievements Rwanda has made in managing grant funding, and the partnership we enjoy with the Global Fund.
“We are confident that we will sustain the universal access to treatment and care, reduce new infections by two-thirds, and halve the number of AIDS deaths in the next five years” she said.
Rwanda has emerged as a special success story for global health, having built a health care system, by coordinating development partners around one national plan, to give all citizens access to quality care. It has made tremendous gains against HIV and AIDS, and has already achieved a more than 50 percent reduction in HIV incidence rate among the adult population since 2000.
Dr. Daniel Ngamije, who presented the key milestones that Rwanda has achieved through its partnership with GlobalFund said that Rwanda has significantly reduced mortality due to Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV through the partnership with GlobalFund.
Rwanda has registered a tremendous increase in provision of PMTCT services with 97% of Health Facilities offering PMTCT services, Rwanda Tuberculosis program success rate increased from 77% to 89% and over 12millions nets were distributed countrywide, and with Global funds, the HIV sero-positivity rate in Rwanda has reduced from 10.80% to 0.80%.
Beatrice Kagoyire a beneficiary from HIV programs supported by Global Fund thanked Rwanda Government for making it possible to access treatment and stated the awesome part is that there people living with HIV/Aids have had free access to treatment, and medication without paying a penny.