The Ghana Aids Commission has revealed that Ghana has spent a whopping $323.7 million on HIV/AIDS-related activities in a period of three years.
The total expenditure for 2019, 2020 and 2021, were $88,648,568, $107,280,242 and $127,828,300 respectively.
The funds for each year were total contributions made by the government, the private sector and the international community, according to the Director General of Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr. Kyeremeh Atuahene.
He made the disclosure at the launch and dissemination of the National AIDS Spending Assessment (NASA) report for 2019, 2020, and 2021.
NASA is a comprehensive and systemic resource tracking method that describes the financial flow, actual disbursements and expenditures on HIV/AIDS programmes.
It describes the HIV/AIDS financial flow and expenditures for both health and non-health activities for the period mentioned while identifying and addressing funding gaps.
The report focuses on three dimensions, including financing, provision and consumption, and the overall estimates on the expenditures of the public, private sectors and international donors on the national HIV and AIDS response.
The Director General explained that findings from NASA 2019, 2020 and 2021 also show a similar trend of over-dependence on international sources in financing the national HIV response.
He said there was the need to use the report as an advocacy tool for re-prioritizing HIV spending as the country sought to address the complex inequalities in resource allocation.
“We all have a part to play in defining how we introduce and infuse quality into the daily activities of the national response” Dr. Atuahene stated.