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HIV/AIDS Programme

DANIDA has supported the HIV/AIDS programmes from 2007 to 2016. The HIV/AIDS support to Uganda was aligned to the Government’s National HIV/AIDS responses including the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plans and was a coordinated multi-sectoral response. The support to HIV/AIDS programme built on the support that Danida provided to the health sector under the Health Sector Programme Support from the 1990s.

HIV/AIDS in Uganda
Uganda was hailed globally after it reduced HIV/AIDS prevalence from 20-25% in the early 1990s down to 6.4% in 2005, mostly through widespread behavior change. Since 2005 however, the HIV prevalence rate has increased to 7.3% (2011) and the number of new infections is rising. The rise is being attributed to improved access to ARVs which is positively prolonging the lives of those infected. An estimated 1.4 million Ugandans are living with HIV/AIDS and over 145,000 new infections occur each year. Out of 577,000 patients eligible for treatment, 62% are receiving anti-retroviral drugs.   Meanwhile, the very high population growth rate of 3.4% continues to overwhelm the national HIV prevention effort.

Programme objectives and components
In the face of a continuing HIV/AIDS epidemic, the overall development objective of this programme was to reduce the numbers of new HIV infections and to mitigate the adverse effects of AIDS. The immediate objective was to enhance national institutional capacity to achieve universal access to prevention, treatment and care. Within this, Danida supported:

1. Partnership Committee and the Uganda AIDS Commission to enhance National coordination and leadership of the AIDS response. The Uganda Aids Commission, Partnership Committee and relevant ministries/departments were supported to implement and monitor the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plans. This was in line with the Uganda AIDS Commission’s core mandate of implementing the national multi-sectoral strategies and work plans.

2. Civil Society Organizations in the national HIV response enhance local and national level engagement of Civil Society in the scaling up national response to HIV/AIDS prevention. Through the support to the Civil Society Fund, grants were given to local civil society organizations to implement national and decentralized AIDS response. The grant also enhanced coordination of relevant operational and prevention research among the CSOs which informed and improved planning and implementation.

3. The United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA). The support to UNFPA focused at strengthening the integration of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS services. Denmark supported UNFPA to implement interventions on the establishment of youth friendly corners in health facilities that provided reproductive health services which were tailored to youth.

4. Most at Risk Populations Network (MARPs) to provide coordinated leadership in prevention of HIV infections among Key Populations through evidence-based advocacy and capacity building.

5. The Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS Africa (AMICAALL) to address HIV and AIDS challenges in urban areas which continue to experience the highest HIV prevalence in the country, to strengthen and scale-up coverage, quality and utilization of comprehensive HIV and services to Most-At-Risk-Populations (MARPs) in Kampala City and Entebbe Municipality. The support specifically targets major MARPs including the sexual minorities.




For more information please contact:
Programme Officer
Agnes Gillian Ocitti