Community Monitoring and Public Accountability on HIV and AIDS Resources and Services

By NatalieRDS | November 29th, 2011

The actual level of HIV/AIDS spending in Zimbabwe is currently unknown, making it difficult to ascertain whether there is a gap in resources relative to need, or whether specific activities are being under or over funded.

Given this, how do communities benefit from the different sources of funding? One objective of the HIV programme is to enhance civil society participation in monitoring state expenditure to ensure people living with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS access appropriate health care services.

Although the government of Zimbabwe has prioritised HIV/AIDS in its national development agenda, there remains a need to measure the value for money obtained from the resources that are continually deployed towards fighting the pandemic.

The goal of this project is to undertake an accurate assessment of allocated, and spent, resources on HIV/AIDS, and to use the data to strengthen community roles in overseeing the budget management system. There are a number of specific objectives that will assist in achieving this overall goal.

First, an accurate assessment must be undertaken of funds received by Zimbabwe, from the AIDS levy; Ministry of Health; and the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM), to determine what was spent on HIV/AIDS in the Kwekwe district.

Secondly, this project aims to determine how much Chiwundura and Kwekwe sub-district clinics collect from the Health Services Fund and how they benefit from it.

Finally, this project seeks to support community level networking, social accountability monitoring, health literacy and uptake of PHC services, to enable health expenditure to reach, and strengthen, district health services.

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