The survey discovered that the lockdowns and border closures imposed to stop COVID-19 are impacting both the production of medicines and their distribution, potentially leading to increases in their cost and to supply issues, including stock-outs over the next two months.
Despite scoring highly, the search committee, declined to recommend Professor Moses Joloba for appointment on grounds that there were several complaints against him. However, the committee noted that there was no conclusive report on the status of the complaints as well as disciplinary action by either management or Appointments Board.
According to Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, this additional funding that will be reflected in the final budget call circular for the FY 2020/21 budget is meant to give the sector a boost since the country’s revenue collection is not enough to cater for all the health needs.
Aceng noted that she isn’t aware of any budget cuts since they have just received the first budget call circular from government, which isn’t conclusive because it doesn’t contain external funding and other sources like loans.
The report; Communities at the Centre, shows a mixed picture arising from a widening gap between the resources needed and those available to manage the disease, as donors provide less funding, and domestic investments grow too slowly to compensate for inflation. For the first time, the global resources available for the AIDS response declined significantly, by nearly USD 1 billion.