‘Ebola could affect HIV funding’

A HEALTH expert has raised concern over the Ebola outbreak, warning it will likely affect funding for HIV and Aids as donor countries try to respond to the pandemic which has hit hard West Africa.

FELUNA NLEYA

Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director Itai Rusike said the Ebola outbreak was not only for African governments, but for the whole world to act on it.

“The Ebola response will definitely strain the HIV and Aids resources as the focus may shift towards the current epidemic and some of the gains achieved in HIV and Aids may be lost,” Rusike said.

“The current Ebola epidemic is not one only for African governments. It requires a global response to mobilise resources so that we don’t collapse existing health programmes such as the HIV and Aids response.”

Ebola has wreaked havoc in West Africa with Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia being the most affected countries.
Over 3 000 people have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 6 242 reported Ebola cases.

Nigeria and Senegal have recorded around eight deaths and 21 cases of infection.

CWGH expressed solidarity with those working and living in areas affected by Ebola.

“We acknowledge the dedication of governments, health care workers, civil society organisations and concerned individuals struggling to prevent the spread of Ebola,” Rusike said.

“We acknowledge the sacrifice being made and unfaltering service in extremely challenging conditions with limited resources.”

Rusike said recognising the importance of community participation was vital in dealing with epidemics.

“We call on the government to recognise the rights of communities to participate in the response of health crisis such as Ebola.”


Zimbabwe has been on high alert after Ebola cases were reported in the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo.

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4 Comments

  1. God forbid wooooo!! With our government tingatoona futi pave ne5% Ebola Levy patumapay slip twedu.

  2. Your Blood is Tainted

    If you conract HIV buy your own ARV’s or just die!

    Why should other people’s money be be used to save your life?

    How does it feel to know there is a deadly virsu floating around your body?

    Maybe you should have been more careful and and with who you sleep with hey?

    Unfortunately some innocent children are born with it, or people get it from transfusions, but oh well, that’s life.

  3. Your Blood is Tainted

    The West should completely cut all aid to Africa, including medicine, food aid, educational funding. For example, children under 6 years old are treated for free in Zimbabwe by the West.

    That needs to stop! We can use our own resources to treat our own people, instead of the fat cats looting everything, like the diamond money, then taking the begging bowl to the West!

  4. White people propaganda news. It’s funny watching news media all the white folks trying to act victim. Blacks are the real victims in these cases. It’s common knowledge that Ebola and Aids are biological weapons manufactured by the west, and passed to Africans through fake vaccinations.

    Why is the Western World so jealous about Africans. Always blaming Africans for your crimes.

    Pathetic liars.

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