UGANDA is likely to experience an increase in HIV/AIDS death
rates following the shortage of antiretrol-viral drugs.
Dr. Stephen Watiti, the board chairman of the National Forum for
People Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda, says most of the health
facilities have reported shortage of ARVs, adding that people
living with HIV will stop taking the drugs or have their drug
Addressing a press conference at Mengo recently, Watiti said such
a situation will lead to an increase in new infections.
"Inability to access treatment, famine and reduced family
earnings are making life for the majority worse than it was
before the introduction of comprehensive HIV care," Watiti said.
He said over 17 HIV infected people died in Apac district due to
lack of drugs and food.
"One must eat before swallowing the drugs but some people no
longer take the drugs because they have no food," Watiti said.
According to Modes of Transmission Report (July 2009), 91,546
adults contracted HIV in 2008.
Watiti asked the Government and development partners to increase
funding in order to avert the crisis.
Meanwhile, the Government is investigating whether it is the
shortage of ARVS that led to the deaths of people living with HIV
However, Dr. Kenya Mugisha, the director of clinical and
community services says: "There is no shortage of ARVs at
facility level but only at the national level because of
He said the ministry had received $4.5m from the Global Fund to