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Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Uganda on its HIV/AIDS programmes. (105065)

Support to address the problem of HIV/AIDS is an important part of the UK’s aid programme to Uganda. DFID staff have regular discussions with Ugandan officials and Ministers about HIV/AIDS. When I met with President Museveni in November, I discussed with him Uganda’s use of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Uganda has successfully managed to reduce HIV prevalence from 18 per cent. in 1992 to 6.4 per cent. in 2005. It is a cause for concern, however, that prevalence is no longer falling and new HIV infections remain high.

DFID approved a major new HIV/AIDS programme for Uganda in June 2006 which will provide £9 million over the next three years. In our discussions with the Government, we stress the importance of implementing a comprehensive strategy for prevention, treatment and care. President Museveni recently cautioned the Ugandan people not to become complacent about the continuing threat that HIV poses.