Opinion & Commentary
New Vision Opinion Asks: Is Uganda's Government Ready For New Role Under PEPFAR?
January 7, 2010
Freddie Ssengooba, lecturer at the Makerere University School of Public Health, writes in a New Vision opinion about how PEPFAR influenced the relationship between NGOs and the Ugandan government and how these relationships will likely change in the future.
"Officials of the Uganda government were a marginalised stakeholder as they looked on in envy as international agencies and a few national NGOs become more powerful and expanded in uncoordinated fashion to spend the PEPFAR dollars ..." Ssengooba writes. "The good news is that PEPFAR under President Obama, wants to fix these problems by handing the responsibility back to national governments, assist governments to take responsibility for sustaining the HIV programmes and contribute to rebuilding the weak health systems. But as a health systems researcher in Uganda, my euphoria ends here and great apprehension starts. Are our governments ready to get back into steering of HIV programmes?" Ssengooba asks (1/5).
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