Uganda’s New HIV Infections Drop by 84%

Uganda has registered a significant fall in the number of new HIV infections in a space of 4 years since 2011, price according to the outgoing Country Director of UNAIDS (The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS) Musa Bugundu.

New infections are reported to have fallen by 84% from 162, 000 in 2011 to 83,000 by Dec 2015. Uganda was recently recognized as having made remarkable progress in achieving the highest percentage of reductions in new HIV infections in the Sub Saharan Africa region during a high level meeting on ending HIV/AIDS held in New York.

While addressing a news conference at the Media Centre on Tuesday, Bugundu said that similar achievements have been made in the number of persons dying from AIDS which have dropped from 63,000 in 2011 to 28,000 by Dec 2015.

“Uganda has made impressive gains in averting the number of new HIV/AIDS infections and reduced deaths related to HIV. I am positive that by next year, there should be no baby born with HIV,” Bugundu said.

“The number of persons on antiretroviral treatment has increased from 329,000 in 2011 to 834,931 by end of last year.  Similarly, the number of new babies born with HIV reduced from 29,000 in 2011 to 3,200 in 2015,” he added.

Bugundu said that a recent study revealed that majority of new HIV/AIDS infections were registered in Wakiso district and that in general, girls have almost tripled the boys in acquiring new infections.

While government has a role to play in reducing HIV/Aids infections, Bugundu cautioned Ugandans against careless engagement in sexual activity urging them to safeguard themselves against STDs.

On the issue of funding, he expressed concern that “resources must be used in a timely and orderly way” but also hinted on reduced financial support from donors.

“The governance of resources must improve” a recent audit was carried out and some areas were lacking. There are some donors that have scaled down on the financial support,” he added.

The fight of HIV/Aids in Uganda over the last five years has been supported by development partners like UNAIDS, Irish AID and USAID.


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