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Uganda to Launch New National HIV/AIDS Campaign

April 30, 2003

Uganda plans to launch a new national HIV/AIDS campaign that will focus on behavioral change, condom promotion in rural areas, and the management and control of STDs, the Monitor newspaper reported Saturday. Director General of Uganda AIDS Commission Dr. Kihumuro Apuuli said that preparations for the campaign have already begun at the national level. Apuuli added that other priorities for the campaign will include prevention of mother-to-child transmission, care for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children, scaling up voluntary HIV/AIDS testing and counseling as well as antiretroviral drug provisions. Apuuli also called on civil service organizations to help create awareness about the new campaign and identify beneficiaries. The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria will provide $36.3 million to the project for two years, and the World Bank has approved $47.5 million for five years. The adult population's average HIV prevalence in Uganda is currently 6.1 percent, down from 30 percent 10 years ago.

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Adapted from:
Xinhua News Agency

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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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