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U.S. "Cannot" Be Only Source of Funding for HIV/AIDS in Uganda

October 4, 2010

"The dramatic growth in the delivery of healthcare services throughout Uganda in recent years is a remarkable accomplishment, one in which the United States, through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), plays a key role," U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Jerry Lanier writes in a Daily Monitor commentary. Lanier details the "enormous contribution" PEPFAR makes to Uganda, totaling $280 million per year with the amount set to increase. Lanier also addresses how the need for HIV/AIDS treatment is "rapidly outpacing the ability to deliver them," adding that "the solution to this crisis requires both short-term and long-term solutions."

"The U.S. government is not -- and cannot -- be the only source of funding for Uganda's HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment efforts. U.S. aid programmes never seek to lead another nation's response, but to work with host governments to identify opportunities where U.S. support can make a needed contribution. This is an ongoing process," he writes. Lanier adds that he is "optimistic about Uganda's potential to address its long-term needs in the fight against HIV/AIDS," which will include "a renewed commitment from the people of Uganda, the government of Uganda, the Global Fund and other donors" (9/30).

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