BY GODFEY OLUKYA
KAMPALA: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2021
The US government through its development agency, USAID has donated a consignment of HIV/AIDS drugs worth $8m (sh28.2 billion)to Uganda.
It is the first tranche of donation under a newly launched $295m (sh1.04 trillion), five-year programme dubbed “private not for profit HIV commodity procurement activity” that will be run by the joint medical stores across the country.
Speaking at the launch of the program, USAID mission director, Richard Nelson, who represented the US ambassador to Uganda reminded the government to have in place improved procurement and supply chains for effective drugs delivery.
He said that will help in to improve the lives of the ordinary people.
Hanifa Kawooya, the state minister for health in-charge of general duties, thanked the US government for the continued support to Uganda.
She said: ”The drugs given to us by USA has supplemented government‘s efforts to scale down new HIV infections among the population.”
Dr. Bildard Baguma, the executive director joint medical stores, confirmed that the first consignment of ARVs has been received and will be supplied to faith based and nongovernmental organisation based medical facilities currently running HIV/AIDS programmes.
Uganda has over 1.5 million HIV/AIDS patients enrolled on antiretroviral therapy treatment.