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U.S. Government Launches New PEPFAR Awards

October 21, 2010

Kampala: On October 21, the U.S. Mission to Uganda, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, launched eleven new awards.  The five-year grants, awarded through the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), are part of the U.S. Government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Deputy Chief of Mission Virginia M. Blaser said the eleven new awards amount to a quarter of a billion dollar investment over five years and represent the unwavering commitment of the United States Government in support of Uganda’s National HIV/AIDS response: “In providing these awards, the U.S. Mission looks forward to renewed and strengthened collaboration with the Government of Uganda, local and international organizations, and development partners as we work together to support the health of Ugandans.”

The awards support the principles of President Obama's Global Health Initiative, which include supporting country ownership, implementing a women and girl-centered approach, increasing impact through strategic coordination and integration, strengthening and leveraging key multilateral organizations, building sustainability, improving monitoring and evaluation, and promoting research and innovation.

The award recipients include: Reach Out Mbuya HIV/AIDS Initiative, Infectious Disease Institute (IDI), Baylor College of Medicine Uganda, Program for Accessible Health Communication and Education (PACE), Protecting Families Against HIV/AIDS (PREFA), Mildmay Uganda, Makerere University School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF), the National Medical Stores (NMS) and the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS).

Since the establishment of the PEPFAR initiative in 2004, CDC-Uganda has focused on supporting the Government of Uganda and Ministry of Health in its efforts to scale-up HIV prevention, care, treatment and support services.  CDC-Uganda has succeeded in reaching this goal through the provision of grants and technical assistance to both governmental and non-governmental implementing partners working at the national, district, and community levels.  The majority of these partners are local organizations that directly provide services to the communities.

For additional information please contact:

Nanyonga Dorothy,
Information Assistant
U.S Mission, Kampala
Tel: + 256- 414- 259-791 x 6410
Cell + 256-752623508,