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NGOs to get KES 270 to fight HIV/AIDS

25 April 2012, 12:27 Oduor Omondi

Non-Governmental and Community based organizations involved in the fight against the HIV/Aids scourge in the Nyanza region are set receive funding from the National Aids Control Council (NACC) to a tune of over KES. 270 million to better their work.

According to Nyanza National Aids Control Council field officer, Hannington Onyango, the funds will being disbursed under the round 5 of the “Total War on Aids” (TOWA) programme.

He said 70% of the funds will be allocated to Community Based Organizations working at the constituency level, 10% will be disbursed to those at the district level, while the remaining percentage be allotted to NGOs at the national level for administration purposes.

“At constituency level, each of the 661 Community Based Organizations will be allocated KES. 350,000, while each of the 69 NGO’s  operating at the district  level have been allocated 700,000 shillings towards HIV/AIDS related activities in the province , “he said

Mr. Onyango further reiterated that the constituency level was the focal point for disbursement of the funds since it is where the majority of those affected or infected by the HIV/Aids scourge live.

He  added that the organizations are expected to focus on key priority areas that include; voluntary medical male circumcision, people living with HIV/Aids, awareness and education on discordant couples and couple counseling and testing services among other areas.

The provincial Aids coordinator said NACC has drafted the Kenya National Aids Coordination (KNAC) Bill that proposes that the Government allocates one percent of its national budget to fund HIV/Aids activities in the country.

If passed into law, the new bill will ensure HIV/Aids activities are guaranteed funding and stop relying on donor funds.

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