U.K. Redirects $11.8M in Funding to U.N. for HIV/AIDS, Health Programs in Northern Uganda
The United Kingdom Department for International Development on Monday announced it had given $11.8 million in funding that was withheld from the Ugandan government to the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.N. Population Fund for HIV/AIDS, emergency health and nutrition programs in Northern Uganda, Agence France Presse reports. British Development Secretary Hilary Benn in December 2005 said the U.K. would withhold much of the direct funding promised to Uganda and give it to organizations providing humanitarian programs because of concerns over a lack of democratic and economic reforms by the government under President Yoweri Museveni. Charlotte Pierre, a DFID official in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, said the rest of the $26.6 million the department had earmarked for Museveni's government likely will be given to the U.N. World Food Programme (Agence France Presse, 1/30).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.