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Africa: HIV Infection

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist (a) Uganda and (b) Senegal in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS. (147145)

DFID acknowledge the seriousness of the epidemic in Uganda and are working closely with the Government of Uganda, other donors and civil society organisations to support the Government’s own national strategic plan for universal access to treatment, care and prevention. DFID are providing £9 million over three years to enhance national institutional capacity to achieve universal access. Our support is especially helping address potential gaps in the Government’s prevention strategy.

The UK is the second largest donor of AIDS-related assistance in developing countries, spending £385 million in 2005-06. This includes supporting multilateral institutions like the World Bank, the UN agencies and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria whose combined operations span all developing countries.

DFID have committed £359 million to the Global Fund for 2002-08, including £100 million in 2006 and the same for 2007. The fund is supporting substantial HIV and AIDS programmes in both Senegal and Uganda, with commitments of $41 million and $166 million respectively.