President Ruto pledges 1.2 billion to global fund kitty.
Under his government, president Ruto pledges 1.2 billion from Kenya which will go to the Global fund that caters for diseases globally
Today, September, 22, the ministry of health released a statement stating their commitment to the global fund kitty during 7th Replenishment Conference in New York.
MoH said,”Kenya has pledged Ksh1.2 billion (USD10 million) to Global Fund kitty during the 7th Replenishment Conference – a 66 per cent increase on the Ksh723 million (USD6 million) pledge made in 2019.”
Kenya’s financial promise plus that of other nations has enabled the Global Fund kitty to reach a new record as it pledged to attain a goal of Ksh1.7 trillion (USD14.25 billion).
The Executive Director, Peter Sands, declared that the fund will be used to solve the diseases faced by the nation globally.
Sands said,”This support aims to save 20 million lives, avert 450 million new infections, and bring new hope for ending AIDS, TB, and malaria. It will further strengthen health and community systems to leave no one behind and be resilient to future shocks.”
Other countries such as Rwanda pledged Ksh392 million, the United states of America pledged Ksh723 billion, The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pledged a total of Ksh. 723 billion.
Additional donations are from Canada who pledged Ksh108 billion, the European Commission who pledged Ksh85.1 billion, Germany who pledged Ksh154 billion, Japan who pledged Ksh130 billion and France who pledged Ksh190 billion
The 7th Global fund meeting was held at the same time as the United Nations General Assembly.
President Ruto talked about how the covid- 19 pandemic disrupted the health systems. He also said creating collective system to tackle health issues will realise development in the health sector.
President Ruto said,”The Covid-19 pandemic severely disrupted health systems, seriously challenging the implementation of programmes that are vital for the realisation of health-related sustainable development goals.
He added,”Collective action is particularly vital for building resilient health systems, whose importance in enabling us to withstand future pandemics and other health crises can no longer be disputed.”
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