Campaign launched in Uganda to urge China to give more to the Global Fund
Civil society organisations in Uganda have opened a campaign urging China to contribute its fair share to the Global Fund’s fight against AIDS, TB and malaria, ahead of the Fourth Replenishment conference hoping to raise $15 billion over the next three years.
Twenty organizations working for the dignity of people living with HIV/AIDS participated in the 27 November launch of the “China, Pay Your Fair Share on Global AIDS” campaign that aims to create awareness about Uganda’s HIV pandemic while also urging China to contribute at least $1 billion to the Global Fund for the next three years.
“We believe that China will rise to the occasion and pay its fair share to this noble effort,” said Dr. Penninah Iutung Amor, chief of the Africa Bureau of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the group spearheading the initiative.
The activists said that all Chinese diplomatic missions across Africa turned down their request to discuss the funding issue. Noting that China has invested some $16 billion in infrastructure development across Africa, they called on the world’s second-largest economy to do its part in helping to meet the needs of the 25 million people on the continent who do not receive anti-retroviral treatment (ART).
The latest Uganda AIDS Indicator Survey, a government compilation report on trends of the epidemic, showed that prevalence had risen from 6.4 to 7.3% between 2006 and 2012.
Condom use by men and women declined over the same period; reported condom use during sex with a non-cohabitating partner declined between 2005 and 2011 from 47% to 29% and from 53% to 38% among women and men respectively.
China pledged $5 million for the Global Fund for 2012/2013.