Uganda, US sign agreement to fight infectious diseases

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Ambassador Deborah Malac shakes hands with Dr. Diana Atwin after signing an agreement.

By Nangayi Guyson – nangayi.guyson@alleastafrica.com

Kampala, Uganda –The Ministry of Health in Uganda and the US government has signed an agreement that will enable them carry more Biomedical research on measures of preventing, diagnosing ,and treating infectious diseases in Uganda.

The agreement was signed between the Ministry of Health permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine on behalf of Uganda and US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac on behalf of US government.

This new agreement will strengthen and expand the Uganda-U.S. partnership for training and research on HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other emerging diseases.

Uganda and US government are working together with Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe to do research on infectious diseases in the country.

Currently the two nations have concentrated on Health Science programs in Rakai district in western Uganda.

The Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), is a medical research institute owned by the Uganda government that carries out research on communicable diseases in man and animals, with emphasis on viral transmitted infections. UVRI is a component of Uganda National Health Research Organization (UNHRO), an umbrella organization for health research within Uganda

It was established in 1936 as the Yellow Fever Research Institute by the Rockefeller Foundation.

The United States established diplomatic relations with Uganda in 1962, following Uganda’s formal independence from the United Kingdom.

Since President Museveni came to power in 1986, the United States is Uganda’s largest bilateral donor.

U.S. assistance enhances social and economic well-being throughout the country, and U.S. support improves the lives of hundreds of thousands of Ugandans. Development programs foster Ugandan-managed delivery of services and support national development priorities to build national and local capacity.

More than 700,000 Ugandans receive life-saving antiretroviral treatment funded by U.S. assistance.

U.S. assistance includes promoting good governance, human rights, multiparty democracy, and free and fair elections; professionalizing police and military institutions for better service delivery and adherence to human rights; addressing health threats including malaria through the President’s Malaria Initiative, and HIV/AIDS through the Global Health Initiative, as well as improving maternal and child health and addressing Uganda’s fast population growth through family planning.

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