Parliament enacted the HIV Prevention and Control Act in 2014, and the law was operationalized in 2018 enabling the Government to levy 2 per cent of total annual tax levies on alcohol and soft drinks to generate 9.149 billion Shillings to be channeled to the Trust Fund.
activists have expressed displeasure with the Government’s delay in the
operationalization of the National AIDS Trust Fund.
enacted the HIV Prevention and Control Act in 2014, and the law was
operationalized in 2018 enabling the Government to levy 2 percent of total
annual tax levies on alcohol and soft drinks to generate 9.149 billion
Shillings to be channeled to the Trust Fund.
paper by the National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks Uganda –
NAFOPHANU to the Parliament’s Committee on HIV/AIDS and related cases on
Tuesday, Nelson Musoba, the Director-General of Uganda AIDS Commission - UAC
notes that five years have now elapsed since the enactment, and the Trust Fund
has not commenced operations amid the waning donor aid.
“One of the flagships…//
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Chairperson of Global Fund Uganda Country Coordinating Mechanism Dr Andrew
Musoke reveals that Uganda has benefitted from 2.927 trillion Shillings from
the Fund but cautioned that the country needs to focus on domestic funding amid
increased political turmoil around the globe.
“Some of the factors…
Cue out: …AIDS Trust Fund .”//
Mubiru, the Team Leader of the Uganda Young Positives pointed out that HIV
remains predominantly funded by donors, and that Government contributes only
150 billion Shillings leaving the biggest burden of sustaining 1.4 million
affected citizens largely to donors.
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The petitioners told MPs that although Uganda took a bold step through the
Presidential Fast Track Initiative – PFI, and launched an initiative to end
AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, there remain highly significant gaps.
the persistence of stigma and discrimination, inadequate domestic financing for
Health, delays to operationalize the National Trust Fund, and inadequate
management of Non-Communicable Diseases - NCD triggered by long-term use of
Anti-Retroviral Treatment – ART among others.
Netalisire, the District Woman Representative of Namisindwa, who doubles as the
Committee Chairperson pledged to table the concern on the floor of Parliament.
She acknowledged that most of the finances the country receives from donors
are focused on the management and treatment of the people living with HIV, yet
sensitization and public awareness creation remain underfunded.
“Most of the money…
Cue out: …the Trust Fund.”//
Government currently contributes 12 percent of funding towards HIV programs
leaving the rest to individuals who shoulder up to 42 percent of the
expenditure; donors and the private sector.
made significant progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, with over 1.4 people
living with the virus and 1.2 million in treatment. UNAIDS estimates put HIV
prevalence at 6.8 percent out of which 7.1 percent among women and 4.3 for
Uganda Population-Based HIV Impact Survey (UPHIA) report 2021 estimates
also indicate that 53,000 people were newly infected with HIV; 5,700
children aged under the age of 14 years and 48,000 adults aged 15 and above.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.