Sh276 Million to Fight HIV/Aids
East African Standard (Nairobi)
March 20, 2003
Posted to the web March 20, 2003
The Government has through the National
Aids Control Council (Nacc), funded 623 Community-Based
Organisations (CBOs) to the tune of Sh276,584,541, Cabinet
Minister Dr Chris Murungaru said yesterday.
Murungaru said the Government is
committed to working with CBOs as it believes they are
well-positioned to develop and implement HIV/Aids programmes.
He said the Government will continue to
support CBOs through Nacc so that the war against the killer
disease is won.
Murungaru, however, warned the CBOs and
other organisations funded by the Government against the
misuse of funds meant for the HIV/Aids war.
"Funds allocated to various
organisations - sensitising members of the public over the
scourge - should be strictly put into proper use," he
The minister made the remarks in a
speech read on his behalf by the Western Provincial
Commissioner Mr Hassan Noor Hassan at Bishop Nicholas Stam
Pastoral Centre, Shimalabandu.
This was during a tour of HIV/Aids
projects in the province. Also present was Nacc Chairperson
Prof Miriam Were, Director Dr Margaret Gachara and the
Provincial Medical Officer Dr. Robert Ayisi.
Murungaru pointed out that the
Government will be monitoring and evaluating the process to
establish if the funds allocated to various organisations are
put to effective and proper use.
He reminded officials of the
organisations carrying out HIV/Aids programmes that the Narc
Government advocates for zero-tolerance on corruption.
He added that stern measures will be
taken against individuals found to have misappropriated funds
allocated to their organisations.
Murungaru also said the Government will
be carrying out assessment to evaluate the impact that
organisations tackling the pandemic had created in their
respective areas of operations.
He said some of the leading areas in
HIV/Aids epidemic had a prevalence of 28.5 per cent while the
lowest had 9 per cent.
The minister urged Kenyans to uphold
their traditional values of care and respect for life so that
they do not, knowingly or unknowingly, spread the disease to