Dembe Group of Companies and DKT Uganda has donated 1 million condoms to Uganda as part of their contribution towards the fight against HIV.
The condoms worth $50, 000 were received by the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ruth Jane Aceng today.
“Much appreciation to Dembe Group of Companies and DKT Uganda for the generous donation of 1,000,000 condoms worth USD 50,000.
Thank you for supporting Government’s efforts towards promoting family planning and the fight against HIV,” Dr. Aceng said.
According to the World health organization (WHO), of the 37.9 million people living with HIV at the end of 2018, 79% received testing, 62% received treatment and 53% had achieved suppression of the HIV virus with no risk of infecting others. In 2018, around 1.7 million people were newly infected with HIV, compared to 2.9 million in 1997.
That is a 58% score. AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by more than 55% since its peak in 2004. In 2018, around770,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses worldwide, compared to 1.2 million in 2010 and 1.7 million in 2004. This is a positive surge in the global war against HIV.
In Uganda, 1,400,000 people were living with HIV by the close of 2018. But the number of new HIV infections (incidence) was 53,000 (1.4%). The percentage of people living with HIV (prevalence) among adults (15-49 years) was 5.7%. Ninety-three percent of pregnant women living with HIV accessed ARVs to prevent transmission of the virus to their babies and 17,000 new HIV infections were prevented among newborns. Early infant diagnosis — the percentage of infants exposed to HIV tested for HIV before eight weeks of age — stood at 45% in 2018.
While this is a drop from over 100,000 new annual infections and over 50,000 AIDS deaths three years ago, health experts say it is still worrying because the global target is to have zero new infections.