"3 by 5" Country Success Stories

A girl, treated with antiretroviral treatment (ART) in Uganda's Hoima ART clinic. WHO/Michael Jensen 2004

UGANDA

Strong foundations in HIV prevention boost progress in treatment

  • At the end of 2004, Uganda was estimated to be treating more than 40% of people needing antiretroviral treatment (ART). It is expected to reach its "3 by 5" target of treating half the total need within the next six months.

  • As of end December 2004, it is estimated that about 40 000 people were on treatment in Uganda, with an average 3 300 people initiating treatment every month.

  • Uganda is working to achieve ‘universal access’ to HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention.
  • About 10 000 non-governmental organizations including The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) have teamed up with the public health sector to build social awareness, alleviate stigma surrounding AIDS, provide prevention education and testing and treatment counselling and to help ensure sustainable HIV/AIDS delivery systems.

  • Uganda is an example of a developing country that shows treatment scale-up can be successfully achieved. National funds have been invested in the purchase of drugs and to get programmes started. The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria have been critical donors to increase access to treatment.

  • Uganda shows increased access to treatment is possible in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many thousands of lives are being saved, survival rates are as high as 90% after 15 months of ART.
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    Last update:

    1 December 2010 09:32 CET