Tax on drinks to raise funds for HIV treatment in Uganda

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Government hails 2% levy on alcohol and water as step towards greater independence from donors

Taxes levied on alcohol and soft drinks in Uganda will be used to fund the country’s HIV treatment programmes, in a move designed to make the country less reliant on donors.

The government believes $2.5m a year will be generated from the 2% total tax levies collected from drinks, including beer, spirits and waragi, a local liquor, which will be channelled into a new HIV and Aids trust fund (ATF).

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