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Italy to Finance Ugandan Development Programs

October 18, 2002

Italy is to give Uganda EUR19 million (US $18.4 million) in the next three years to finance health, agriculture, poverty reduction and HIV/AIDS programs, according to an agreement signed in Kampala on Thursday. Ugandan Finance Minister Gerald Ssendaula, who signed the agreement with Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Alfredo Mantica, said the funds will provide Uganda with more opportunities to fight HIV/AIDS. "New HIV/AIDS cases are on the decrease, but these patients still strain the health budget," Ssendaula said. An estimated 800,000 Ugandans have died of AIDS since the country's first diagnosis in 1982. More than 1.5 million Ugandans are believed to be HIV-positive.

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Agence France Presse

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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