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New Vision Examines Reports That Lack Of Drugs, Funds Resulting in Closure of HIV/AIDS Clinics In Uganda

The New Vision examines recent reports out of Uganda that HIV/AIDS clinic are closing due to the country’s rapidly decreasing antiretroviral (ARVs) supply. The article also includes information on the efforts of additional HIV/AIDS clinics in the region to scale back the number of patients the clinics can accept.

The newspaper includes comments by HIV activist Milly Katana, who “says many donors like PEPFAR, the Global Fund and others, who had been providing ARVs, are reducing the assistance because of the current credit crunch” and “Dr Michael Strong, the PEPFAR coordinator, [who said] there are problems with the supplies of ARVs in the national programme.”

“We expect that PEPFAR funding for Uganda will continue at its current level of around $280m annually through 2013,” Strong said. “But this will still leave a gap between national treatment needs and the funds available. Uganda needs to identify other resources to fill this gap” (Basudde, 7/24).