Aids cuts hit Uganda health sector

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iol pic afr Obama-Uganda-Gays AP In a file photo, Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity and one holds out a wrapped condom, as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi. Picture: Ben Curtis

Kampala -

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 on 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. - Sapa-AP

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