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Manaso pushes for domestic financing

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In the wake of dwindling international financing towards HIV and Aids response, Malawi Network of Aids Service Organisations (Manaso) has started a campaign which aims at pushing for increased domestic financing towards the response.

Manaso’s 925 member organisations are not spared from the serious financial challenges that are rocking thousands of organisations in the HIV and Aids response.

In a communiqué titled Local Civil Society Organisations Sustainable HIV And Aids Financing, Manaso Board Chairperson, Maziko Matemba, said government should allocate more resources to advance efforts to end Aids in Malawi by 2030.

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“This includes increasing domestic financing; reallocating resources towards financing public service delivery on areas that have a direct bearing on individual and collective rights of the Malawian citizenry, such as education and health,” Matemba said.

He said the civil society appreciates the significant institutional and normative progress in promoting domestic financing for HIV and Aids programmes and noted the good progress in recent years evidenced by an increase from 1.7 percent domestic financing for HIV in 2001 to close to 20 percent contribution in 2015.

“However, we regret that we still face a multitude of governance and human rights challenges. These include rampant corruption and lack of transparency and accountability. In addition, there are the challenges of shrinking fiscal space for both citizenry and for local civil society at all levels,” he said.

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Matemba also said government must support Parliament as well as the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) Parliamentary Forum to effectively play their oversight role and explore the establishment of the National Aids Trust Fund through the facilitation of national dialogue towards options for domestic resource mobilisation.

On Friday last week, Manaso organised the first ever red ribbon dinner as one of the very first initiatives in domestic financial resources mobilisation.

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