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Uganda gets sh140b from Global Fund

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th May 2009 03:00 AM

The Global Fund has approved $70m (about sh147b) for Uganda to manage AIDS.

The Global Fund has approved $70m (about sh147b) for Uganda to manage AIDS.

By Mary Karugaba

The Global Fund has approved $70m (about sh147b) for Uganda to manage AIDS.

The director general of the Uganda AIDS Commission, Dr. David Kihumuro, on Thursday told the public accounts committee that a team from the Global Fund arrived in the country on Wednesday to announce the first and second phase release of the funds.

The team is led by the Fund’s Africa unit director, Dr. Fareed Abdallah, accompanied by Linden Morrison and Victor Bamboe.

The funds are part of round seven of the Global Fund project of about $260m.

Kihumuro said the money would be used to purchase anti-retrovirals and fund other HIV/AIDS related activities.

He said the money would start flowing in within two months.

Kihumuro disclosed that the team was expected to meet the finance minister, Syda Bbumba.

“They have directed that the procurement process be done immediately,” he said.

Simon Euku (UPC) had requested for the status of the Global Fund project. “The Global Fund suspects are now being imprisoned. That is what Global Fund wanted. Have they now released any money?” Euku asked.

Kihumuro told the MPs that unlike in the past, there were no more stringent conditions. “There are no conditions because the money will be through the Government budget. Ministries will get the funds as part of their budget, but the commission will do the overall oversight,” he said.

Uganda gets sh140b from Global Fund

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