He told Journalists during the U.S. Mission’s seventh annual launch under the theme “Report to the Ugandan People” that the 1.4 million Ugandans represent over 95 per cent of the prevalent rate in the country.
” I had a chance to travel around some parts of Uganda for example I visited Northern Uganda (Gulu) and I visited one of the health Centers that is supporting one of the people and I had a chance of meeting Adong Franca who has been receiving the Antiviral treatment through the PEPFAR program. She is also having 2 children that are HIV free. And that story is one example of many people around Uganda who apply for our Program,” Mr Popp said.
A 2017 World Health Organisation (WHO) report indicated that, the prevalence of HIV among adults aged 15 to 64 in Uganda is 6.2%: 7.6% among females and 4.7% among males. This corresponds to approximately 1.2 million people aged 15 to 64 living with HIV in Uganda. HIV prevalence is higher among women living in urban areas (9.8%) than those in rural areas (6.7%). The prevalence of HIV among children aged 0-14 is 0.5% which corresponds to approximately 95,000 children living with HIV in Uganda. The prevalence of VLS among all HIV-positive adults aged 15 to 64 in Uganda is 59.6%: 62.9% among females and 53.6% among males. The prevalence of VLS in children aged 0-14 is 39.3%.
According to Popp, US Mission Uganda Summarized some key results and key statistics of the positive impact of work on HIV/AIDS.
“We estimate that there is 600,000deaths that has been avoided, 500,000 transmission prevented & 250,000 who are HIV free.” – said Ambassador William W Popp
PEPFAR Uganda Country Director Mary Borgman said that PEPFAR has had partnership with Ugandans to End HIV/AIDS by 2030 through their service programs.
‘We have thousands of people who receive treatment from our program and so we invest heavily in making sure that services are accessible across through the US government in every district in Uganda. They are accessible to people regardless of where they are coming from for example families, sex workers, people addicted to drugs, people in prisons as well etc. We want to ensure our services are available for everyone”- said Mary Borgman PEPFAR Uganda Country Director.
Speaking to the Journalists, USAID Uganda Mission Director Richard Nelson said that the Uganda Mission with USAID is involved with variety of activities and programs including HIV/AIDS.
“We focus majorly on Health with civic agencies whereby 60% of what USAID does is health related but also we focus on other diseases, maternal and child health as well,” – said Richard Nelson USAID Uganda Mission Director.