February 23, 2012
An increase in demand for condoms is causing Uganda to face a supply shortage, a top Ministry of Health official said recently. Zainab Akol, the ministry's manager of the AIDS Control Program, said the east African nation needs about 3 billion condoms annually to meet the demand of the 10 million or so people who are sexually active. "We import about 120 million condoms a year but the consumption is high. A quick calculation is that every person has four condoms for a full year," Akol told the Daily Monitor newspaper. "Recently, we received about 10 million condoms from [UN Population Fund] and [US Agency for International Development] but still that is not enough," she said.