Activists angered by lack of AIDS drugs
Tuesday 30 March 2004
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UGANDA: Activists angered by lack of AIDS drugs

JOHANNESBURG, 5 March (PLUSNEWS) - The Ugandan government has been criticised by AIDS activists for failing to provide antiretroviral medication.

Rubaramira Ruranga, from the National Guidance and Empowerment Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda, said the government had promised to provide anti-AIDS drugs to 150,000 people in 2003, but only 15,000 had received them.

Ruranga was quoted by a local newspaper, The Monitor, as saying: "It [government] talks about free medication for people with HIV/AIDS, but where is it? You cannot lead people who are dying tomorrow and think you are a leader. It is cheaper to provide drugs instead of waiting for 80 percent of hospital beds to be filled with AIDS patients."

It is estimated that 1.1 million Ugandan adults aged between 15 and 49 are living with HIV/AIDS.

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