The Ghana AIDS Commission has complained bitterly about a lack of resources and the negative impact it is having on its operations and the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Mr. Kyeremeh Atuahene, Director General of the Commission, stated that a lack of adequate resources has affected the outcome of their work.
He stated that the Commission requires an average of $132 million per year for its operations.
However, they are only given 44% of the total, which is woefully inadequate.
“The Commission requires an average of $132 million per year for its operations. However, we only receive 44% of that total. This is insufficient and has a negative impact on our work. The Commission is underfunded.”
Mr. Atuahene further disclosed the situation has made it difficult for them to purchase and distribute anti-retroviral drugs for persons living with the virus, buy test kits and other materials for their work and even provide support for pregnant women and their children.
“The situation has made it difficult for us to buy and distribute anti-retroviral drugs for people infected with the virus. We are unable to purchase test kits and reagents for the testing of people. Due to a lack of adequate funding, pregnant women and their children have also been impacted. As a country, we must support the Commission. We are all aware of our financial situation, but we can all work together to help the Commission achieve its goal of eradicating the virus. Some countries have been able to do so, and Ghana has the potential to do so if we all support the initiative.