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    What does budget 2003/4 allocate for HIV / AIDS?

    Hickey A

    AIDS Analysis Africa. 2003 Jun-Jul; 14(1):6-8.

    Given that Budget 2003/4 significantly steps up the amount of funds going to the provinces for HIV/AIDS, there are now two critical questions facing us. 1. Extra money for HIV/AIDS was put into the Equitable Share in Budget 2003/4. Will provinces use the additional funds in their equitable share grant to increase their provincial health budgets and boost funding to HIV/AIDS interventions? Or will those funds be diverted to other priorities as identified by individual provinces? 2. Will provinces be able to spend the added funds? Absorption is a real problem-provincial departments are already struggling with capacity in terms of lack of financial management and programme management skills, insufficient staff, or unfilled posts. This issue is not unique to HIV/AIDS but symptomatic of other social sector programmes. In essence, analysis of Budget 2003/4 suggests that--from a public finance perspective--the main challenge for government's response to HIV/AIDS in the foreseeable future is not going to be lack of financial resources, but the capacity to spend. (excerpt)
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