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Recognizing Health Improvements In Uganda

In a post in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, CDC Director Tom Frieden reflects on a recent trip to Uganda, “the only country served by [PEPFAR] with a rising HIV incidence,” writing, “Although Uganda will have challenges for many years as a result of increased HIV infections over the past decade, and has much more to do, I was struck by how much headway they’ve made in the past couple of years.” He recounts his time in the country, where he helped break ground on a PEPFAR-funded national reference laboratory building and “visit[ed] with Ambassador Scott DeLisi to launch a system to transport laboratory specimens by motorcycle and courier.” He writes, “The country has scaled up life-saving anti-HIV treatment as well as voluntary medical male circumcisions, which sharply reduce the chance of becoming infected,” adding, “Perhaps the most impressive success is how quickly maternal health care services have improved. In one year, Uganda’s ‘Saving Mothers, Giving Life’ project has made striking progress in its goal to cut maternal deaths by half.” He states, “CDC is proud to work closely alongside Ugandans to build these programs,” concluding, “It was an honor to see first-hand how much progress is being made, and know that our work will improve the health of people not just in Uganda, but also throughout Africa and around the world” (8/8).