US gov’t details monies spent in Uganda in past one year

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US gov’t details monies spent in Uganda in past one year
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The US government has detailed the monies it has spent in Uganda on various projects in the past one year.

In the 2023 report to the Ugandan people, the US Ambassador to Uganda, William Popp said just like they did in the past 60 years, the US government in 2023 spent nearly shs3.8 trillion($1billion) in supporting Ugandan people.

“The United States has a longstanding partnership with the Ugandan people. U.S. assistance, implemented through local and international non-governmental and civil society partners, directly benefits Ugandans from all backgrounds and regions of the country,” Popp said during the release of the report.

“ Millions are living healthier, learning better, earning more, and advocating for their civic and human rights thanks to our strong partnership. For more than six decades, the U.S.-Uganda partnership has resulted in the eradication of deadly diseases, saved lives, reduced poverty, advanced democratic values, prevented and resolved conflicts, promoted peace and inclusive citizen responsive governance, and promoted resilience in communities and small businesses.”

 The projects

The report details that nearly 10,000 newborns were resuscitated in U.S.-supported facilities, contributing to a reduction in death due to breathing failure at birth whereas nearly 1.4 million Ugandans receive lifesaving ARVs through  and over 1.2 million have achieved viral suppression that prevents spreading the virus.

“To mitigate the HIV risk among adolescent girls and young women ages 10-24, nearly 175,000 girls

and women received support to reduce HIV and expand their economic networks,” the report says.

According to the US Ambassador, with funding from the US government, 2.5 million mosquito nets were distributed in 2023 seeing 3.2 million Ugandans in 770,000 houses protected from malaria.

“A total of  4,000 Ugandans were trained for indoor residual spraying and 5 million malaria testing and treatment kits provided to health facilities,” the ambassador said.

Mary Borgman, the PEPFAR Uganda country director said they have continued to invest heavily into the country to ensure health services are accessible to all, throughout Uganda.

He mentioned targeting communities with a higher prevalence of HIV/AIDS including fishing communities which have been helped access services.

Education

According to the US government,  62,000 school management committee members benefitted from U.S. funded community dialogues involving parents and community leaders to boost the quality of education in their schools, increase teacher productivity, and reduce school dropouts.

The U.S. government also supported 1,440 at-risk, out-of-school Ugandan youth to return to school to improve their future prospects and community safety.

“Over 4.2 million books were distributed to children to help them in reading development in local languages. We also completed a number of school facilities in northern Uganda .There have been 12 new classrooms completed and ready for use in northern Uganda,” said Richard Nelson, the USAID Uganda mission director .

Business

The report highlights that 183,588 Ugandans joined the U.S.-supported village savings and lending groups improving their access to credit, and nearly 45,000 individuals graduated from extremely poor living conditions to self-reliance.

“Over 230,000 electricity connections were added in hard-to-reach communities with U.S. support. U.S. supported farmers and producers to generate $74 million in sales and also set up an online seed tracking system with 114 companies to combat counterfeit seeds.”

According to Nelson, the U.S. also supported conservation of  over 400,000 hectares of forests — an area bigger than Amuru district — and facilitated the development of 10 biodiversity laws and regulations.

“Last year we enable increased investment of companies by $19million to grow capacity to export and market locally .We brought a number of weather stations in 8 districts in Karamoja to monitor weather patterns to  give information to farmers to  done with the Uganda National Meteorological Authority,” the USAID Uganda mission director said.

However, according to the US Ambassador to Uganda, these are just a sample of the broader work that the US government has been doing in the country since 1962.

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