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President commends US for helping Uganda on AIDS fight

October 1, 2009: President Yoweri Museveni has expressed gratitude to the Government of the United States of America for the support it has been giving to Uganda, especially in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The President was today receiving visiting Ambassador Eric Goosby and his US delegation, who called on him at State House, Entebbe. Mr. Goosby is the new Global AIDS Co-ordinator for the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – PEPFAR.

Mr. Museveni, who warmly welcomed the delegation to Uganda, urged Ambassador Goosby to pay special attention to the alarming increase in the spread of AIDS in Uganda today and noted that the situation requires new strategies and a lot of sensitization. He pledged to reactivate the sensitization campaign against the pandemic in an effort to curb the recent increase in the spread of the AIDS as people seem to have forgotten what happened in the early 1980s.

Ambassador Goosby told President Museveni that he and his delegation are in Uganda to acknowledge Uganda’s historical role in the fight against AIDS and also to help re-invigorate the campaign against the fresh spread of the pandemic that has gone up to 130 new cases in Uganda alone [sic].

Ambassador Goosby expressed interest in further strengthening the relationship between Uganda and the United States of America and most especially in playing a more intimate role in solving challenges in the health sector in Uganda.

While in Uganda, Ambassador Goosby is expected to tour several PEPFAR-supported initiatives in Kampala including the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), TASO, the Baylor – Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic and Meeting Point.

Through the PEPFAR, the Government of the United States of America is the leading provider of HIV and AIDS assistance to Uganda. Between 2004 and 2008, the Government of the United States of America provided US$ 1.2 billion to Uganda to support comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care programmes. This year, the US Government is investing an additional US$285 million.

PEPFAR – Uganda supports anti-retrival treatment for 120,000 patients who are receiving therapy nationally.

Health Minister, Dr. Steven Malinga, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Uganda, Mr. John F. Hoover, the Director of the CDC – Uganda Virus Research Institute, Mr. K.. Mills McNeil, the Director of Uganda AIDS Commission, Dr. Kihumuro Apuuli, and the Principal Private Secretary to the President, Mrs. Amelia Kyambadde, attended the meeting.

 

This article is from the State House of the Republic of Uganda. View Story Here