A letter was sent to Minster of Health of the Republic of Bénin, H.E Mr Benjamin Hounkpatin.
For the Fifth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) in 2016, Republic of Bénin pledged USD 2,000,000 to the Global Fund for the 2017 – 2019 allocation cycle becoming one of the few implementing countries from Africa contributing to the fight against the three diseases through the Global Fund.
Since 2012, the government of the Republic of Bénin has allocated EUR 36 million as part of its domestic financial contribution to the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. This investment is expected to contribute significantly toward Republic of Bénin’s health goals, save many lives and create opportunity and prosperity for many more people in the country. The Global Fund’s Investment Case for the Sixth Replenishment projects that domestic funding for programs to fight HIV, TB and malaria over the period 2021-2023 will grow to USD 46 billion, an increase of 48 percent over the current cycle. As such, it is crucial that national governments take proactive steps towards sustainably increasing domestic resources for health. This also means taking concrete steps towards fulling the commitment of the Abuja declaration on allocating at least 15% of the annual national budget to improve the health sector. Encouraging and stimulating domestic investments in health is an essential component of the Global Fund’s move towards sustainable health programs in all the countries where the partnership invests. The Global Fund’s Sustainability, Transition and Co-Financing Policy aims to support countries as they move toward fully domestically funded systems for health and responses to HIV, TB and malaria through providing tools to engage new partners and funding sources within the country with a goal of creating broader opportunities for fundraising.