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U.S. Gov't Gives UGX 8.8bn Medicine Stores :: Uganda Radionetwork
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U.S. Gov't Gives UGX 8.8bn Medicine Stores

The facilities which are in over 22 selected districts are valued at over USD 2.4million (approximately shillings 8.8 billion) are funded by the U.S. President' s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and constructed by the United States Agency for International Development-USAID.
Ambassador Malac, ministry of health officials and UPDF officers in one of the pre-fabricated medicine stores at Luwunga Health Centre III in Kakiri Army Barracks

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The United States Government has handed over 14 newly constructed medicine stores to help scale up the response to HIV/AIDS treatment.

  The facilities were handed over to the Ministry of Health and respective local governments on Thursday at Luwunga Health Centre III, at the headquarters of UPDF’s first division, Wakiso district.

  The facilities which are in over 22 selected districts are valued at over USD 2.4million (approximately shillings 8.8 billion) are funded by the U.S. President' s Emergency Plan for AIDS  Relief (PEPFAR) and constructed by the United States Agency for International Development-USAID.

The medicine stores are expected to increase storage space for anti-retroviral medicines and support the rollout of the test and treat strategy.

Stephanie Xueref, the chief of party, UNAIDS/Uganda health supply chain project, says as the volume of medicines and health products flowing through Uganda’s national supply chains has been increasing over the year, the storage capacity has become a challenge both at central and facility levels.

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In 2013, the Ministry of Health assessed physical conditions of medicines stores in public facilities across the country and discovered that an average 15 percent of the public health centres lack adequate storage or no storage facilities at all.

 In a speech read by Dr Charles Olara, the director of clinical services, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health, says that the lack of adequate space can impact the quality of drugs and affect their clinical efficiency and safety.

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    The US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac said that the assistance reflects USA’s commitment to supporting the health commodities supply chain in Uganda through various investments.

 

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