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WHO to Procure AIDS Drugs for Uganda Following Fund Mismanagement


September 26, 2006

The World Health Organization (WHO) will procure antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) for Uganda under the Global Fund arrangement.

The minister of health, Dr Stephen Mallinga, said following the mismanagement of the Global Fund last year, it was decided that WHO procures the antiretroviral drugs.

Alex Ocen, the assistant commissioner in charge of the National Disease Control in the Health Ministry, yesterday said previously, procurement of drugs was done by the contracts committee of the Ministry of Finance.

Ocen said WHO would take on the responsibility for a year. He said WHO was chosen because of its comparative advantage as an international organization on the advice of Ernst & Young, the appointed caretakers of the Global Fund.

Mallinga said a consignment of ARVs was on its way under the new arrangement.

Ocen said the Ministry of Health received its first batch of ARVs in mid-August under the new procurement arrangement.

Mallinga told The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) members at the Uganda manufacturers' Association showground on Saturday [23 Septemebr] that the government was committed to supplying ARVs.

Alex Coutinho, the executive director TASO said in the last 12 months, TASO, had registered 21,029 new clients.

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