Global Financial Crisis Could Hamper Uganda’s Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Officials Say
The future of Uganda’s recently launched five-year strategic plan aimed at reducing new HIV/AIDS cases in the country is uncertain because of the global financial crisis, which could lead donors to allocate funding more conservatively, IRIN/PlusNews reports. The strategic plan — aimed at reducing Uganda’s annual HIV incidence by 40% and increasing access to HIV/AIDS services — is estimated to cost $2 billion. There has been no indication yet that donors will not be able to meet their pledges to Uganda because of the financial crisis, James Kigozi, information officer at the Uganda AIDS Commission, said. He added, "Unless they give us notification, we expect to get the $2 billion over five years as planned."
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