Health minister Brigadier Jim Muhwezi has said the Ministry of Finance is
cooperating with his in receiving funds from donors to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and
malaria in the country.
He said the recent disagreement between the two ministries on whether Uganda
should accept additional donor funding against the diseases had ended and the
Ministry of Finance was cooperative and positive.
Muhwezi's announcements come after Sunday Vision quoted the Switzerland-based
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) complaining that some finance
ministry officials were frustrating anti-AIDS cash from the organisation.
The GFATM executive director, Prof. Richard Feachem and his senior advisor Dr.
Vinand Nantulya, raised the complaint at the end of the US Health Secretary,
Tommi Thompson's December 4-6 anti-AIDS mission to the country.
Feachem said, "We recently approved $136m to cover Uganda for two years. But in
the summer of 2002, a public row broke out between the health and finance
ministries on whether these monies could be absorbed. It is a real scandal. Can
you imagine that only US$300,000 has been disbursed to Uganda?"
But Muhwezi said, "The matter was resolved when the Minister of Finance issued a
clarification affirming Uganda's commitment to accepting the funds as being
additional to the Government resources."