How does the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief intend to move forward its engagement in Uganda? Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator outlined several of the program’s plans in a blog entry published on “DipNote.”
Goosby said that during his recent visit to Uganda, he reiterated to the country’s people the U.S.’s commitment to support the continued provision and expansion of AIDS treatment by backing an overall scale-up of the African nation’s health systems.
The steps PEPFAR will undertake in the coming months, according to Goosby, include:
- Strengthening linkages of PEPFAR to other U.S. health programs through the Global Health Initiative.
- Continuing the support for the scale-up of treatment and HIV prevention and care, as well as other relevant health services.
- Providing increased short-term and medium-term financial assistance.
- Aggressively promoting innovations and best practices in service delivery.
- Conducting, with the help of local officials, a detailed analysis of treatment expenditures. The analysis will be used as basis for a strategy that aims to increase the number of Ugandans with access to treatment.
- Pursuing a new approach that encourages purposeful engagement of Uganda’s government and civil society.
Goosby explained that these steps are necessary to address key challenges to PEPFAR’s work in the African country. These challenges include Uganda’s unmet health needs, the unavailability of support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the impending withdrawal of medicines contributed by UNITAID’s health funds.