Lack of funds hits HIV/Aids, TB programmes

HARARE - The Health and Child Care ministry received meagre funds from treasury in the first six months of 2014, stymieing the fight against HIV/Aids and tuberculosis, a government official has said.

Ministry representative Davis Dhlakama said this while presenting the mid-year budget performance to the parliamentary portfolio committee on Health yesterday.

“As at 30 June 2014 only five out of the 16 programmes have received some sort of funding,” Dhlakama said.

“The rest of the programmes remain unfunded because of the challenges with the budget disbursement. Nutrition has had 58 percent of their allocation disbursed and this was necessitated by the Tokwe Mukorsi disaster where they had to make sure that the nutritional needs of the children and elderly were taken care of.

“Programmes that did not receive any funding include HIV/Aids and TB awareness that had a budget of $205 000, reproductive health whose budget was $200 000 and mental health which was supposed to be funded to the tune of $150 000.” Dhlakama said the capital projects had been slowed down.

“The capital projects have also progressed very very slowly,” he said. “Most of the capital projects that were budgeted for and allocated some funds have not been commenced.”

As at June 30, the ministry had received 37.79 percent of its budget.

“However it is important to note that 33.93 percent of this is attributed to the salaries component,” he said.

“The total salary allocation makes up 70.55 percent of our budget allocation. This leaves about 30 percent for the operations and capital budget.”

The ministry submitted a bid for $712 million but were only awarded $337 million.

Dhlakama said disbursements for     the hospitals had been sporadic and insignificant.

“The disbursements reflect the difficulties which our institutions are facing and effectively reflect the difficulties which our institutions are facing in effectively delivering services to our clients,” he said.

“Institution debts continue to balloon as suppliers are no longer willing to give supplies on credit. The hospital disbursements range from 5 percent to 32 percent.”

Meanwhile, Rutendo Bonde, chairperson of Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights, said the Health and Child Care ministry, should enlist civil society to conduct community surveys at clinics and hospitals nationwide.

“The ministry of health should work with different NGOs that are on the ground to monitor engagement of health personal and the community,” Bonde said.

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