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AIDS Commission Seeks 16 billion to Counter New HIV Infections

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

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The chairperson Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC), Eddy Mukooyo has appealed to Parliament to allocate extra shs 16billion to HIV prevention due to the rise in new HIV infections.

Mukooyo says that Uganda currently has 53,000 new HIV infections estimating the number to rise to 300,000 by 2025.

The commission plea came during a retreat organised by Uganda AIDS Commission for MPs from selected Committees of Parliament on Thursday at Golf View Hotel Entebbe.

The chairperson added that this will require an estimated injection of Shs. 246 billion to fund and maintain clients on anti-retroviral drugs, bringing the total HIV/AIDS budget to shs13 trillion.

He noted that if Parliament allocates the additional Shs. 16 billion in the next financial year, the rate of new infections will reduce and the cost of HIV drugs will reduce by Shs 250bn.

Last month, Dr Nelson Musoba, the Director-General Uganda AIDS Commission decried limited funding to the commission in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Musoba told Parliament on 18th February, 2020, that over 70 percent of the commission budget is funded by donors, putting Uganda among the top countries in Africa with a high HIV burden.

“Our external donors can only give us funding for our projects for a certain period of time. This affects the continuity of the projects when donor funding expires,” he said adding that the current donor funding is US$555.9 million whereas government funding for the financial year 2019/2020 is US$103 million.

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He appealed to the Legislators on the Committee to support the Commission in securing more funding for its activities and projects.

Musoba argued that despite registering a 40 percent reduction in new HIV infections Uganda remains among the top 10 countries in Africa with a high HIV Burden.


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