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Trump Hails Uganda on HIV/AIDS Fight

Trump and Melania in a group photo with President Museveni and Janet Museveni

U.S. President Donald Trump has praised Uganda’s sustained fight against the HIV/AIDS, pledging to continue their support in health initiatives.

“We cannot have prosperity if we’re not healthy,” said Trump during a dinner hosted for world leaders including President Museveni and the First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni, Vice Presidents and crown Princes and Princesses.

“We will continue our partnership on critical health initiatives. Uganda has made incredible strides in the battle against HIV/AIDS,” said Trump.

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“In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak. Namibia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient. My Secretary of Health and Human Services will be traveling to Africa to promote our Global Health Security Agenda,” he added.

Preliminary results of the 2016 Uganda Population HIV Impact Assessment (UPHI) indicated significant progress in the fight against HIV in Uganda.

The results showed among others that the HIV prevalence among children has declined and the number of people living with HIV is stable.

57.4 percent of the people living with HIV, the report says, are on antiretroviral treatment and virally suppressed.

The current prevalence of HIV among adults aged 15-49 years is 6 percent. Among children under age 5 the prevalence is 0.5 percent while among those aged 5-14 years it is at 0.5 percent.

The total number of people living with HIV is 1.3 million.

President Trump described the leaders as partners in promoting peace and prosperity.

“In this room, I see partners for promoting prosperity and peace on a range of economic, humanitarian, and security issues. We hope to extend our economic partnerships with countries who are committed to self-reliance and to fostering opportunities for job creation in both Africa and the United States,” Trump said at the luncheon.

Trump said Africa has tremendous business potential and represents huge amounts of different markets.

“The world’s ten fastest-growing economies are in Africa. Increasing American trade and investment across diverse industries — including agriculture, energy, transportation, healthcare, travel, and tourism — will further transform lives throughout the continent,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Museveni expressed hope in the United States new focus on peace and security in Africa and the world saying this coupled with infrastructure development; trade and investment will put the country in sync with the rest of the world.

“There are four things we emphasized including market access, trade and investment, infrastructure development and peace and security. Once we cooperate in these areas, our relationship will be in sync,” he said, shortly after a luncheon hosted by President Donald Trump at the Lotte New York Palace in New York.

He said the United States will partner with the countries and organizations, like the African Union, that lead successful efforts to end violence, to prevent the spread of terrorism, and to respond to humanitarian crises.

According to President Trump, they are closely monitoring and deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence in South Sudan and in the Congo.

“Real results in halting this catastrophe will require an African-led peace process and a sincere — really sincere commitment of all parties involved. And I know you’re working on that, and you’re working on that very hard. To assist in these efforts, I’m sending Ambassador Nikki Haley to Africa to discuss avenues of conflict and resolution and, most importantly, prevention,” he said.

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