Faith-Based Communities Called on to Play Major role in Fight against HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 09:13
African Monitor Founder and President, Archbishop Njongo Ndungane, this morning reiterated the important work of the Global Fund in fighting HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria and called on donors to provide resources necessary for the Fund to meet its objectives. He was opening a workshop to scale up the involvement of the Faith-Based Organizations in the Global Fund, held in Tanzania today.
16 April 2008
An ardent advocate for effective development for Africa, Archbishop Ndungane commended the fact that 80% of the Fund’s 73 grants - totaling 1.1 billion US dollars - is destined for low income countries.
He praised the Global Fund for its tireless fundraising drive to raise the much needed resources which, he said, was a sign that the international community endorses the work of the Fund.
“This shows both that there is enormous demand of investment in the fight against HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria; and that the fund has the capacity to develop bold and innovative proposals” he said.
He called on the Fund to face up to the important commitment of spending the money responsibly, professionally and transparently; and in effective and sustainable ways.
He called on faith-based organizations to use their networks across the continent to get involved in development and be part of the fight against HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria. “We have the responsibility to the wider societies in which we are part.”
“There is more good news- and that is the readiness of the international community to work with faith-based organizations”, he said.
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