National
Global Fund withholds shs700b for ARV treatment over gay rights
Publish Date: Nov 15, 2011
Global Fund withholds shs700b for ARV treatment over gay rights
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Anne Mugisa
 
THE Global Fund has denied Uganda $270m (about sh700b) needed to put over 100,000 more people on lifesaving ARVs because the country’s policies are deemed harsh on sexual minorities.
 
The AIDS control manager in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Zainab Akol, said the rights of minorities were derailing the fight against HIV/AIDS. 
 
“By the time we are through with one group’s rights, we have 130,000 new infections,” she said, adding: “It is as if the global agenda is to use HIV to propagate sexual minority groups. Let them use the proper channels to deal with such issues.”  
 
Currently, Uganda has 700,000 people who need ARVs, but only 300,000 are on the lifesaving drugs. 
“We had asked for $270m for round 10 of the Global Fund. We could have used part of it to put 100,000 people on ARVs,” Dr. Akol said in an interview.
 
“We need effective care and support as a preventive strategy, not the minority issues that are being forced into the fight against HIV/AIDS,” she added.
 
Akol revealed this at Hotel Africana yesterday during the release of research findings on HIV services in four districts of Uganda by the Uganda network of AIDS Service Organisations (UNASO) and an interview afterwards. 
 
The study carried out in Rakai, Nakasongola, Amuria and Pader districts, found that there was a shortage of machines to do the CD4 count, shortage of personnel as well as drugs. UNASO executive director George Katunguka presented the findings.
 
However, Akol said the Global Fund was giving Uganda $130m (about sh330b) from round 7, which would also be used to buy ARVs and test kits. 
 
She said an estimated 100,000 people will be put on ARVs using part of this money.
 
The Global Fund is contributed to by governments, private sector and non-governmental donors. Governments’ contribution accounts for 95% of the Global Fund’s money, which is used to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
UPDF loses 12 soldiers in Somalia attack
The army is to release names of the 12 soldiers who were killed in Somalia attack on Tuesday....
DStv Eutelsat Star awards competition opens
Students between the ages of 14 and 19 years have yet another opportunity to participate in the International DStv Eutelsat satellite technology competition....
Mbale road works to be complete November
Construction works of four Mbale municipality roads will be completed by November this year, Plinth Technical Works project manager Eng. Richardson Babiha has said...
Two schools closed over sanitation
As Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) continues to crack down on poor sanitation in the city, the Public Health directorate on Tuesday sealed off two schools in Luzira and Bugolobi...
VP Sekandi, Kadaga for UNAA Kimeeza
The Vice President of Uganda and the Speaker of Parliament will lead executive and parliamentary delegations to attend the 27th Uganda North American Association (UNAA) convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, organizers of the convention confirmed here Tuesday....
Museveni tips manufacturing to curb unemployment
President Yoweri Museveni has urged the East African Community (EAC) to create a favorable environment for manufacturing to flourish as a means of curbing high and growing youth unemployment in the region and the continent....
Are poor parliamentary debates a result of removal of school debates?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter