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Thousands of Ugandans with AIDS don't get free drugs

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1112
  1. Henry Wasswa
  1. Kampala

    The Ugandan government was jubilant when, before the end of last June, the number of people with AIDS receiving antiretroviral treatment reached 60 000, which had been its target for the whole of 2005. But the authorities are worried that since June, the number of people being treated for AIDS has risen by only about 15 000.

    Uganda has secured free antiretroviral drugs for its citizens under a programme funded by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; the World Health Organization; and the US government. The target was to treat 60 000 people in 2005.

    Although the target was reached six months ahead of time, many fewer people have come forward for treatment since. The authorities …

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