National
We have not cut Aids funding to Uganda - USAID
Publish Date: Jul 22, 2014
We have not cut Aids funding to Uganda - USAID
Director of the USAID Mission in Uganda Leslie Reed (L) inspecting the exhibition of project of TASO at Grand Imperial during the TASO implemented project close-out meeting on July 22, 2014. Photo/Peter Busomoke
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Pascal Kwesiga & Godiver Asege

US will continue to provide development aid to Uganda despite the enactment of the anti-homosexuality law by the latter, United States Agency for International Development has said.

Although US president Barrack Obama said the enactment of the law would complicate relations between the two countries, USAID has said that law will not compel America to cut aid to Uganda.

“I would like to make this very clear because there have been many wrong reports. We have not cut our assistance to Uganda’s most vulnerable,” USAID mission director in Uganda, Leslie Reed, said.

The Director of the USAID Mission in Uganda Leslie Reed (L) Enid Wamani (C) and TASO executive Director Dr. Christine Nabiryo during the TASO implemented project close-out meeting at Grand Imperial on July 22, 2014.
Photo/Peter Busomoke

She explained that US will also continue funding HIV/AIDS treatment, care and prevention programs for all Ugandans regardless of their sexual orientations.

The enactment of the anti-gay law by Uganda in February was greeted with threats of aid cuts by western donors. Canada, Denmark and Netherlands said they were reviewing their relations with Uganda.

However, Lelsie said USAID has ceased funding to HIV/AIDS programs through the Inter religious council of Uganda (IRCU).

“Our partnership with IRCU is ending this month. But there are other partners we are working with,” she added. US fell out with IRCU for supporting the enactment of the anti-gay law.

The US first cut $7.5m to IRCU shortly after the enactment of the law in February. The money was being spent on prevention and care for HIV patients, orphans and other vulnerable people.

US had announced it would not withdraw an annual $2.3m aid to IRCU which was meant for ARVs. But America announced last month that it was withdrawing the $2.3m from IRCU.

IRCU said it would ask Christians to contribute to the funding of HIV/AIDS programs and denied USAID the use of their (IRCU) 19 health centers and 82 faith based organizations to provide the same services through other agencies.

“We are not using their (IRCU) structures but services to these people will continue through other structures,” Leslie said.

Leslie was speaking to New Vision on the sidelines of a ceremony marking the closure of a USAID funded HIV/AIDS project through The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) at Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala yesterday.
 

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
Ugandan parliament bans export of maids
Parliament has passed a resolution banning the export of Ugandan girls and women to work abroad as maids....
Hearing of Kalyegira’s defamation case resumes
The case in which Timothy Kalyegira, a former Daily Monitor Journalist, is charged with defaming President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has resumed at City Hall in Kampala....
Local journalist jailed over criminal trespass
City Hall Court last Friday convicted and sentenced a Freelance Journalist to two-month imprisonment over criminal trespass for trying to present a petition to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga over police brutality on journalists....
Passenger dies in Kyengera accident
One passenger died on the spot and several others were injured when a Kampala city centre bound taxi went off road and dived into a swamp, killing one passenger on the spot and injuring several others....
Four Ugandan MPs vie for EALA Speaker job
Four Uganda’s representatives to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) have picked nomination forms to vie for the post of speaker for the assembly....
Cancer of the eye has made life hell for Mayuge girl
A SEVEN- YEAR-OLD girl in Mayuge district is going through indescribable pain due to an abnormal growth on her eye....
What is causing the rise in Early child marriages?
Decaying social structures
Poor Education
None of the above
follow us
subscribe to our news letter