Uganda Trims New Born HIV Infections by 86%

Christine Ondoa

The Ugandan government has released fresh statistics showing stellar performance over the last five years in averting the number of new HIV infections and reduction of HIV/AIDS related deaths, malady Chimp Corps report.

With complimentary support from Development Partners, Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) said it was able to reduce the number of new HIV infections from about 140,000 in 2011 to 83,000 by December 2015.

“The number of persons on Antiretroviral Treatment has increased from 329,000 in 2011 to 874,000 by June 2016,” said UAC boss Christine Ondoa on Thursday.

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The number of persons dying from AIDS reduced from 63,000 in 2011 to 28,000.

Ondoa further said babies born with HIV reduced from 28,000 in 2011 to 3,500 by 2015 and that between 2011 and 2015; Uganda achieved 86 percent reduction in all new born HIV infections.

“This impressive gain in reduction has been made possible through a combined strategy spearheaded by the First Lady, Hon. Janet K. Museveni and other government ministries, agencies and departments and also through partners,” said Ondoa.

The AIDS scourge ravaged the nation in the early 1980s and 90s.

The current sharp decline in infections is seen as a major success story that has inspired a wave of health programs to fight the disease across the developing world.

Ondoa said the success that the country is registering is a clear example of some of the immediate approaches that Uganda needs to sustain in order to reach the 2030 global targets of ending AIDS.

“We need to continue re-engaging leadership for the response at all levels starting with everyone taking individual responsibility for their actions,” said Ondoa.

“It is important for young people to continue protecting themselves and staying away from peer pressure that increases the risk of getting infected with HIV.”

This year, Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate the World AIDS Day under the theme “Joining hands to scale up HIV prevention”.

The national venue for the World AIDS Day will be in Kalangala, a hot spot for HIV in the country.

“World AIDS day reminds us of the opportunity that everyone must play their part in averting new infections, first by taking an HIV test today,” said the former health minister.

She also welcomed Ms. Amakobe Sande who is the new Country Executive Director for UNAIDS in Uganda, replacing Mr Musa Bugundu.


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