Reversing Course

In the past 3 decades, Uganda slashed its HIV infection rate from 15% to 6.5% and halved annual deaths. Now the country's infection rates are expected to rise.

Why? “poor planning, lack of donor accountability and chronic budget gaps,” writes Katie G. Nelson.

Despite $657 million in US and international funds last year and a UN effort to squash AIDS, Ugandan clinics are running out of drugs. Some blame the 2016 rollout of a ‘test and treat’ policy offering antiretroviral drugs to anyone who tests positive for the virus, not just the most severe cases, which the Uganda’s overburdened health system has struggled to implement.

Public Radio International

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