This blog is about social networking about UNASO activities. UNASO was established in 1996 in order to provide a platform for coordination, networking resource mobilization and information sharing among civil society AIDS service organizations so as to improve on the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of their contribution to the national response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
Thursday, 8 June 2017
no secretariat and no board for the NATF
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have asked that the
National AIDS Trust Fund (NATF) should be managed neither by the Ministry of
Health nor the Uganda AIDS Commission.
Speaking at a CSO meeting that was held in Kampala recently,
Ms Alice Kayongo, the Regional Policy and Advocacy Manager at AIDS Healthcare
Foundation said the NATF should have no secretariat and no board.
She explains that, “With this option, funds raised will be
remitted directly to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFPED),
the accountability line will be clear, requests will be made by National
Medical Stores (NMS) and submitted to the Permanent Secretary (PS). PS requests
for funds to procure commodities and funds are transferred directly to
Ms Kayongo adds that with this option, there will be no room
for diversion, no secretariat, no board, no fund manager, no conflict of
interest, easy to track additionality, easy accountability and the funding will
be ring fenced/kept out of consolidated fund.
Ms Sylvia Nakasi, the Research, Advocacy and Policy Officer
with Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organisations (UNASO) says the NATF that
was developed as a response to a clause in the HIV/AIDS control bill which was
passed in 2014 and gazzeted in January 2015 states that the fund secretariat
will be at the ministry of health.
However, CSOs say this will increase expenses because they
will need board members, a fund manager and staff hired. MoH will also be able
to invest funds raised, the board will determine how to use funds raised among
The other option, which was fronted by Dr Nelson Musoba, the
Acting Director General of the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) was for the fund to
be housed by UAC. However, CSOs say this option has disadvantages as when its
housed by the MoH.
Therefore, they believe that the best option is to have no
secretariat and no board but only paper work. “This means no one will touch the
money and it will be used for its intended purpose which is to procure goods
and services for HIV & AIDS Counseling Testing and Treatment,” Ms Kayongo
CSO meeting to discuss progress of the National AIDS Trust Fund (NATF).