Uganda's Successful AIDS Plan Faces Lack of Financing

An AIDS pandemic in Uganda has been taken under control by a U. S. sponsored treatment plan. But now, Ugandan doctors say that they are turning away victims who require life-saving medications.

In Uganda, 1.1 million people are contaminated with HIV, but the United Nations says that noteworthy development has been made in recent years in the cure and care of people suffering from HIV/AIDS.

That growth has mostly been sponsored by PEPFAR, the U. S. President's emergency proposal for AIDS relief. In 2003, President George W. Bush promised $7 billion per year for five years to be used for avoidance and cure in the nations, which required it the most.

This year, PEPFAR financing rose by only over 2%, the minimum increase since its commencement.

Dr. Peter Mugyenyi operates the Joint Clinical Research Center in Kampala, Uganda, which is nearly completely PEPFAR backed. It has grown to be the biggest supplier of HIV/AIDS drugs in Africa, a testimony to PEPFAR's victory.

Mugyenyi told CNN, "PEPFAR transformed this disease into a disease of hope, where patients would live a normal life. It reduced the number of orphans, it got people back to work".

The U. N. says that by 2008, around 141,000 Uganda residents were getting antiretroviral treatment.