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USAID To Provide $3M for Terminally Ill AIDS Patient Care in Uganda
USAID will provide $3 million to care for terminally ill AIDS patients in Uganda, USAID Country Director Margo Ellis said on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. The program aims to help 350,000 AIDS patients in Uganda receive care by 2008 at Hospice Africa-Uganda clinics or through organizations trained by Hospice Africa-Uganda, Ellis said. Hospice Africa-Uganda currently cares for about 10,000 terminally ill AIDS patients, and it receives 60% to 70% of its budget through USAID, according to Chair Angela Kiryabwire. Two nongovernmental organizations have been trained by Hospice Africa-Uganda staff, Kiryabwire said. According to Uganda AIDS Commission spokesperson Jamis Kigozi, between 400,000 and 500,000 Ugandans have been diagnosed with AIDS. About 800,000 HIV-positive people are living in the country (Associated Press, 10/12).
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