By Martha Nakimuli
A study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, USA has revealed that there is a slight decline in HIV/Aids in Uganda compared to most countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
The study reveals that more than 50,000 Ugandans died of HIV in 1990, but less than 48,250 died in 2010.
Mortality from HIV/Aids, however, edged up slightly between 2005 and 2010 when the disease was responsible for 16.6 per cent of Ugandan deaths and 17.2 per cent respectively.
In the findings published in the in the peer-reviewed journal AIDS on August 21,the trend has been attributed to substantial global action and policy changes, which has seen increased access to antiretroviral therapy and more interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission.
Dr Joshua Musinguzi, the Aids Control Programme manager at the Ministry of Health says, Uganda has had strong programmes on HIV treatment and prevention over the last decade.