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The Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Mrs. Helen Mona Quartey, has stated that health can only thrive in a healthy economy.
Mrs Quartey said the Ministry had, therefore, embarked on number of programmes to achieve macro-economic stability that would take the nation to a higher middle income level and which would require a healthy labour and population to go along with it.
The Deputy Minister was speaking at the formal signing of the 2014 Aide Memoire in Accra, yesterday.
The Aide Memoire, signed between the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) and its partners in the fight against HIV and AIDS, is a document that captures all discussions and high points of decisions reached at the recent 10th Annual Partnership Forum which was held on the theme ‘Getting to Zero: Accelerating the National Response towards the MDG. The memoire is also to hold partners accountable
According to Mrs Quartey, helping Ghana meant helping the sub-region, Africa and the world at large.
She expressed the Ministry’s appreciation to the partners for their assistance and assured them that any assistance given would be well utilised, monitored and evaluated.
She gave the assurance that the Ministry would not hesitate to investigate any issue of misappropriation of public funds.
The Director-General of the GAC, Dr. Angela El-Adas, disclosed that the memoire contained details of agreed priorities for 2015, and commitments made by funding partners.
Dr El-Adas said even though the Commission encountered some financial challenges in 2014, it was successful in reducing Mother-to-Child Transmission (MTCT), and in the continued decline in the prevalence rate.
She attributed the financial challenge to the increase in the Commission’s budgetary needs on the national response which was as a result of growth in their priority areas; change of their guidelines and the global target of halting by 2015 and efforts to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.
She said the Commission, in its efforts to mobilize funds, was developing a resource mobilization strategy, adding that processes were on-going to recruit a resource mobilization Co-ordinator to handle the strategy.
Meanwhile, the Government of Ghana, in its proposed 2015 budget, has committed an amount of US$ 28.54 million, with the United Nations Country Team committing US$3.00 million to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The others are the Global Fund (New Funding Model), US$33.12 million and the United States Government (PEPFAR), US$12.50 million.
The rest are the German Development Corporation (GIZ), US$1.25 million, and the Private Sector US$19.36 million.
Source ISD (Raymond Kwofie)