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Uganda Receives UGX 67 Billion for Lifesaving ARVs :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Uganda Receives UGX 67 Billion for Lifesaving ARVs

In 2016, PEPFAR supported the provision of life-saving antiretroviral treatment for 853,365 people in Uganda, extended testing and counselling services to more than 8 million people and provided antiretroviral medications for 85,169 pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission.
 Uganda has received USD 18.7 million (67 billion Shillings) worth of life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) from the United States today.  

The commodities donation is part of the U.S. government's USD 402 million (1.5 trillion Shillings) investment in Uganda through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) this fiscal year.

The donation is to fill gaps in the country's public sector facilities following reports that the country is facing a shortage of ARVs as a result of the enrollment of more people under the test and treat policy introduced by the World Health Organisation.

The policy targets to ensure that 90 percent of the people living with HIV in the world will know their HIV status, 90 percent of people diagnosed with HIV infection receive sustained anti-retroviral therapy and 90 percent will have a suppressed viral load.

United States Ambassador Deborah Malac witnessed the signing of an implementation letter between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Fund, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, and the Ministry of Health.

This agreement solidifies the partnership between the U.S. government and the Government of Uganda so that lifesaving drugs will get to those who need them.  In addition, the implementation letter also engages the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Local Government, Kampala Capital City Authority, and National Medical Stores.

In addition to providing lifesaving ARVs to fill gaps in the public sector, all involved parties committed to address key policy issues to improve equity and efficiency in the supply chain, improve information management systems at the National Medical Stores, and incorporate the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria as a member of the Inter-Ministerial Task Force.

Over the past five years, the U.S. government has made major contributions to ensure that essential medicines and medical supplies are available in Uganda, particularly for HIV, malaria, and family planning, in both the private not-for-profit and the public sectors. 

In 2016, PEPFAR supported the provision of life-saving antiretroviral treatment for 853,365 people in Uganda, extended testing and counselling services to more than 8 million people and provided antiretroviral medications for 85,169 pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission.

Under the same program, more than 330,000 men were circumcised as part of the Voluntary Male Circumcision program while 311,009 orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS received Care and support.  

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