UGANDA: HIV/AIDS Election Issue

Civil society activists say Uganda’s presidential candidates have not placed sufficient emphasis on how they plan to tackle the epidemic should they come into office, despite rising HIV prevalence and major funding problems.

Ugandans go to the polls on 18 February. The incumbent, Yoweri Museveni, won plaudits for his efforts against the pandemic in the 1980s and 1990s – prevalence dropped from 18 percent in 1992 to 6 percent in 2000 – but his government has been criticized recently for ineffective HIV prevention campaigns, the misuse of grants from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and frequent antiretroviral (ARV) scarcity.

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