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Uganda HIV/AIDS Control Efforts Will Require About $1 Billion Over Next Five Years, Official Says

December 18, 2006

Uganda's HIV/AIDS control efforts over the next five years will require between $800 million and $1 billion, Apuuli Kihumuro, director-general of the country's AIDS Commission, said Wednesday at the closure of the National Strategic Plan joint review in Kampala, the Monitor/ reports (Kasozi, Monitor/, 12/14). According to recent research, within the next five years, more than one million people living in Uganda will become HIV-positive and 500,000 will die of AIDS-related illnesses (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/6). "Prevalence rates are higher among women, urban dwellers, the married and those in central and northern regions," Kihumuro said. The five-year National Strategic Plan aims to reduce early and casual sex among young people, reduce sexually transmitted infections and increase HIV/AIDS education, according to Kihumuro (Monitor/, 12/14).

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