Aug 13, 2012

HIV Infection Rates Increase in Uganda


In an article in the NY Times published August 13, 2012, Mr. Kron highlights the great strides Uganda made in reducing the HIV infection rates during the 1990’s from over 25% to about 4%. Education remains a key factor in addressing the current rise. Only 31% of women of reproductive age have comprehensive knowledge of HIV while only 41% men do according to DHS, 2006. Enabling women and men to complete not only primary, but secondary school will reduce new infections. Also, when PEPFAR was implemented, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) mechanisms had not been established. Many HIV+ individuals did not adhere to strict regimens of taking medications and were not tracked to ensure compliance. This undoubtedly led to new resistant strains of HIV and transmission of infections. The vertical approach of addressing a single disease has been a failure. It’s time to fully integrate HIV services with maternal/reproductive health (horizontal intervention). This strategy should strengthen health systems and decrease new infections. To read the entire article click here:

Did you know?

The risk of a woman dying in sub-Saharan Africa as a result of pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 22, as compared to 1 in 7300 in developed regions.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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