Aid Cuts To Uganda Will Not Affect Maternal, Child Health Program, Official Says

News outlets continue to report on reaction to and implications of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law.

Associated Press/Washington Post: Aid cuts, delays hit Uganda’s poor health sector
“The health project in Uganda for which the World Bank is delaying a loan does not face an immediate shortage of money, an official said Friday, allaying concerns that work to improve maternal and child health services could stall because of the country’s new anti-gay law…” (2/28).

Deutsche Welle: Ugandan maternal health project hit by World Bank loan postponement to continue
“In an unusual move, the World Bank postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law. But the maternal health project for which the funding was intended is not at risk…” (Caldwell, 2/28).

Reuters: Uganda anti-gay bill author says aid cuts small price to pay
“The author of Uganda’s new anti-gay bill that imposes tough jail terms for homosexual acts said aid cuts imposed by disapproving Western donors were a price worth paying to protect the east African nation’s moral values…” (Jorgic/Croome, 3/3).

Science Speaks: Uganda anti-homosexuality law silence prompts call for U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa to step down
The blog summarizes a call from AIDS-Free World Co-Directors Stephen Lewis and Paula Donovan for the removal of U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe “because her ability to speak to the issues affecting the epidemic has been compromised by her government ties…” (Barton, 3/3).

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