Operations of the National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA) have ground to a halt after government’s failure to disburse millions of Emalangeni allocated to the organisation.
As a result, a number of Non-Governmental Organisations that deal with HIV/AIDS issues and receive funding from NERCHA face closure, the Times of Swaziland reports today (21 July 2011).
Further compounding matters is that NERCHA has also not received a cent from the Global Fund, which also disburses millions of Emalangeni for the organisation’s operations.
As of July 2011, government has failed to disburse E16 million (US$2.3 million) for NERCHA’s operations during the first quarter (April to June) and for the first month of the second quarter (July to August).
This is despite government having made a public undertaking that the health sector was one of two areas (the other being education) that would not experience any budgetary shortfalls as a result of the country’s financial challenges.
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NO MONEY FOR AIDS, BUT THE KING’S OK