WHO latest report: 860k women in Uganda live with HIV

(Last Updated On: 17 January 2024)

Kampala I The World Health Organization (WHO Uganda) has released its latest quarterly report on the status of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Focusing on October to December 2023, WHO Uganda reports remarkable results in curbing the disease.

According to the report, 860,000 women and 80,000 children live with the virus. “The government of Uganda’s program to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV has led to remarkable results.”

During the above-mentioned months, Uganda recorded a significant reduction in new HIV infections among newborns.

The global health organization said the country has one of the best emergency preparedness and response systems in Africa.

“WHO assesses Uganda’s preparedness to respond to public health emergencies. WHO African countries convene ahead of two international conferences on tobacco control,” part of their report, stated.

“Since I started taking my HIV treatment in 2017 without interruption, I have given birth to two HIV-negative babies,” Bitali Mwanaisah, a beneficiary of the mother-to-child transmission programme in Uganda, said, as quoted in the report.

To read the full report, click here.

According to the Ministry of Health estimates (2020), the HIV prevalence among adults aged 15 to 49 was 5.4 per cent.

The ministry said the prevalence remains higher among females, amid what it describes “drastic reduction in the number of new HIV infections between 2010 and 2020.

In 2023, the same ministry and UNAIDS in their district estimates and projections revealed that Southern Buganda was leading with 9,820 new infections. Ankole stood at 3,990 while Kampala recorded 3,340 new infections.

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