US Ambassador: Corruption Hampering HIV/AIDS Fight

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According to Malac, there is need to address the systematic issues like theft of HIV/AIDS drug, outages and misappropriation of funds that is hampering the fight against HIV/Aids.

Several people living with HIV/Aids in Uganda are missing health care because of rampant corruption, the US Deborah Malac has observed.

 
According to Malac, there is need to address the systematic issues like theft of HIV/AIDS drug, outages and misappropriation of funds that is hampering the fight against HIV/Aids.

 
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The United States government and other partners have injected close to three billion US dollars in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Uganda since 2004. However, the efforts are being hampered by corruption.

 
Anthony Mbonye, the Director of Health Services at the Ministry of Health blames the rampant corruption in the health sector on poor pay and motivation of health workers by government.

According to Mbonye, the Shillings 300,000 and Shillings 600,000 paid to midwives and Doctors respectively each month is far less compared what medics in the other countries East African countries earn.
 

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According to the Ministry of Health, Uganda records close to 95,000 new HIV/AIDS infections every year, while the prevalence rate stands at 7.3%/ However, the target is to reduce the infections to 71,000 and average prevalence to below 4% by 2020.