On instructions of the Head of State, the Prime Minister Head of Government is currently chairing a ceremony to launch the new funding mechanism of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in Yaounde.
Statistics reveal that the prevalence rate of HIV AIDS in Cameroon reduced by 3.4% in 2018 and 2019 to 2.7% by the 1st of December 2020 with more than 37,000 new cases recorded.
As for tuberculosis, statistics from the National Programme for the Fight against the epidemic indicates that over 2,500 cases were declared in 2020 with the Centre, Littoral and Far North regions being the most affected.
Malaria on its part presents a 24% reduction in the prevalence rate and the number of deaths as well.
Though the Government with the help of its international partners have taken actions to protect the health of Cameroonians as afr as these three epidemics are concerned, health officials say much still needs to be done.
It is in this light that Cameroon is launching the new funding mechanism provided by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to enable the country carry out an inclusive consultation at the national level to expect financial resources from the global fund for an effective management of the three epidemics.
Created in 2002, the GFATM is a 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.
As an international organization, it mobilizes and invests more than US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries.
It raises funds in three-year cycles known as Replenishments. Funding comes primarily from the public sector, with about 93% of total funding coming from donor governments. The remaining funding comes from the private sector, private foundations and innovative financing initiatives.
Key partners include; the World Health Organization, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and the World Bank. Additionally, the US Government is the largest donor, approving over $15 billion in funding for malaria programs worldwide.