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COVID-19: NGOs lobby support from Global Fund

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Thursday 26th March, 2020

By
Dennis Peprah, GNAAccra, March 26, GNA
– Four Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on Wednesday called on the Global
Fund to commit funding support in the fight against the spread of the novel
Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Global fund is an
international financial partnership organization that aims to attract, leverage
and invest additional resources to end the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis
and malaria to support attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals of the
United Nations (UN).

The NGOs – Global
Media Foundation (GLOMeF), a human rights and media advocacy organisation,
Global Coalition Against Infectious Diseases (GCAID), World Evangelical
Alliance (WEA) Business Coalition Ghana and Indigenous Women Empowerment
Network (IWEN) further called on the private sector to invest in the global
fight against the spread of the disease.

In a statement
signed on behalf of the NGOs, by Mr. Raphael Godlove Ahenu, the National
Coordinator of the WEA, and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said the “COVID-19
is not about you but about everybody” and concerted approach was required to
contain it.

“The sternness of
COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the global health systems, economies,
disruption of lives, especially in Europe, America and China are very
worrying,” it stated.

The statement
therefore underscored the need to ensure that targeted responses put in place
in the fight against COVID-19 were well known to all to enable civil society
actors and NGOs to be part and lead the fight against the spread of the
disease.

It also called on
world leaders to ensure that their population adhere strictly to and comply
with World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 as an Emergency Health
situation and take preventive measures serious.

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“We urged Ghanaians
to comply with precautionary measures and health experts’ advice as well,” the
statement added.

It said the NGOs
intended to launch US$200,000 on-line fund raising campaign to raise funds to
support the fight of the COVID-19 in the country.

The statement
implored other NGOs, CSOs and civil society actors to intensify education
campaign on the COVID-19 in the rural areas to protect rural dwellers.

GNA

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