Zuma’s Aids approach gets US boost

2009-12-01 11:29

THE US says it’s giving South Africa $120 million (about

R883million) for Aids treatment in response to a plea from President Jacob Zuma

that underlines his new approach to fighting the epidemic.

Under Zuma’s predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, the health minister promoted

beetroot to treat Aids.

Zuma’s government has set a target of getting 80% of

those who need Aids drugs on them by 2011.

US Ambassador Donald Gips said today the $120million for Aids

drugs, to be disbursed over two years, “is in direct response to the government

of South Africa’s request”.

Gips was to formally announce the funding at a ceremony later

today, World Aids Day, at which Zuma is scheduled to give an eagerly awaited

speech on Aids.

 

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