Aids Cuts, Delays Hit Uganda's Poor Health Sector

A severe anti-gay law signed by Uganda's president has upset the country's relationship with donors.

Posted: 02/28/2014 11:11 AM EST
Filed Under Global News, Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The World Bank in Uganda says a project for which it is delaying a loan doesn't face an immediate shortage of money, allaying concerns that work to improve maternal and child health services could stall.

A severe anti-gay law signed by Uganda's president has upset the country's relationship with donors. The World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan.

Spokeswoman Sheila Gashishiri said Friday that the project run by Uganda's Health Ministry will continue despite the postponement.

At least 16 Ugandan women die in childbirth daily, a shocking statistic that made the project critical in the East African country.

The project was launched in 2010 and is set to close in 2015.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)

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