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President Museveni Calls For Global Fund Support To Purchase Local Medical Supplies

The Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands in a meeting at the State House Entebbe on the 5th May 2024. Photo by PPU/Tony Rujuta.

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Thursday met and held discussions with Mr. Peter Sands, the Executive Director of the Global Fund at State House-Entebbe.

The Global Fund is an international organisation created in 2002 as an innovative financing mechanism seeking to rapidly raise and disburse funding for programs that reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in low- and middle-income countries.

During the meeting, President Museveni appealed to the organisation to consider purchasing drugs, vaccinations, and other essential medical supplies from local manufacturers to enhance the country’s knowledge economy.

He also emphasised the importance of investing in the knowledge economy, particularly in vaccines, drugs, and scientific innovations for a country like Uganda.

President Museveni also reassured the Global Fund of Uganda’s commitment to combating HIV/AIDS and malaria, stressing the need for prevention alongside treatment efforts.

Mr. Sands reciprocated the commitment assurance, expressing the Global Fund’s willingness to collaborate with local markets to ensure the supply of essential medical supplies while addressing cost-cutting considerations, market competitiveness, and tendering issues.

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