U.S. Gives $3 Million to Care for Terminally Ill Ugandan AIDS Patients
October 13, 2005
On Wednesday, the U.S. Agency for International Development pledged $3 million for a program to care for Ugandans terminally ill with AIDS. The money will help patients receive care at Uganda's largest AIDS hospice, Hospice Africa, or through organizations trained by the hospice, according to Margot Ellis, country director of USAID. Hospice Africa currently treats about 10,000 AIDS patients. Sixty to 70 percent of its budget comes from UNAIDS, with contributions from Denmark, Ireland and private Ugandan organizations, said Hospice Africa chairperson Angela Kiryabwire. Uganda AIDS Commission figures show 400,000-500,000 Ugandans with HIV have progressed to AIDS. The new outreach aims to assist up to 350,000 Ugandans by 2008.
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.