By Tendai Guvamombe (Harare)
Civil Organizations are set to lobby the parliament to enhance policy measures that allow prioritization of health care issues into 2020 budget allocation to alleviate health poverty in the country.
This came to light during the Civil Society engagement on the Development of a Submission Paper on Priority Funding Areas in 2020 National Budget held today in the Capital.
Speaking to Spotlight News OnlineNews Lloyd Dembure SAFAIDS PITCH Country Focal Point the meeting by the Civil Society Organizations today will be a game-changer in bringing attention to the parliament pertinent issues revolving around advocacy,funding, opportunities, resources among other issues.
“ Today various Civil Society Organizations convened a meeting with the intention to mirror focus on health issues as we are set to lobby the parliament to prioritize areas of health funding into the 2020 budget.”
According to Dembure the deliberations came in the wake of health adversities currently affecting many people in the country the likes of failure to tax non-health compliance business sectors, domestic resource mobilization and poor access to health care.
“Civic groups also noted that health care is lowly funded by the government, slimme opportunities for domestic resource mobilisation and as country we have been failing to Introduce sin tax for alcohol manufacturers so that they take corporate social responsibility.”
“There is lack of Periodic Accountability and transparency monitoring platforms to track healthcare financing and this obviously had a negative impact on health investors in the country.”
Meanwhile the engagement between Civil Organizations and the Parliamentary Portfolio on Finance and Budget tomorrow is likely to galvanize the need to for free healthcare to persons living with HIV, revisiting human resources wafare and youth engagement.