US hands over Aids project to SA

2012-08-08 12:58

Cape Town - The Obama administration is turning over control of a successful anti-Aids programme to South Africa as the government boosts its investment in fighting the deadly disease.

US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday presided over the signing of an agreement with South African health officials that will put them in the lead in administering the President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar) in the country.

The programme has spent $3.2bn on anti-retroviral drugs, other treatments and HIV prevention programmes in South Africa since then-president George W Bush started it in 2004. The handover will be phased in over five years.

South Africa has the highest HIV infection rate in the world, with 5.7m people - 17.8% of the population - testing positive for the virus.


On Tuesday, Clinton said that American-sponsored efforts to stop the virus have saved lives in South Africa.

Clinton met with International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and other senior officials in the second cabinet-level strategic dialogue between the two nations. She also participated in a summit of leading US business executives and their South African counterparts with the aim of boosting trade between the two countries.

"Together, I think it's fair to say we have saved hundreds of thousands of lives," Clinton said.

Clinton is in South Africa at the midpoint of an 11-day tour that has already taken her to Senegal, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya and Malawi. After the stop in Cape Town, she will travel on to Nigeria, Ghana and Benin before moving on to Turkey, where she will have meetings to discuss Syria.

  • mihaip007 - 2012-08-08 13:15

    "Together, I think it's fair to say we have saved hundreds of thousands of lives,"..! Now they want to put SA gov. in CHARGE? It will come to be known as the mass-killing of millions of people. Only 4 years ago we had beetroot loving idiots in charge of our health... LOL this year we have other idiots that approve tests that the entire world says it is not up to standard, but because sa gov. says it is right, then we should use them!

      sean.carbutt - 2012-08-08 13:26

      I can see the headlines Now SA Gov't in Charge of Aids Program We are fawked

      1amAlan - 2012-08-08 13:38

      It should read "US closes down AIDS project!".

      mike.wolf.125 - 2012-08-08 14:00

      5.7million people infected - but nothing has happened to them. SHAME

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-08-08 14:01

      the attitude of news24 bloggers makes one wonder at you guys doze off on your pc's and the moment you read RSA or ANC you violently jerk awake and start spilling vitriol here. What is it...fashionable. Do you know anything about the government's policy on HIV/AIDS? Four years is long, or not...but the strides that the government has made in the identification of problem areas, diagnosis, treatment, and treatment of special cases like PMTCT, treatment of other STDs, promotion of male circumcision...the landscape is vastly different to 6 years ago. And that is a positive thing...still many areas exist for improvement but lol Mihaip007, read broadly and make a balanced decision...instead of the jaundiced fodder news24 tends to serve us. And that is not to say i am pro ANC or pro current government

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-08 14:16

      Erm Gerald - after 17 years of charity work I can tell you the amount of AIDS orphans is on the increase, one can barely keep up trying to help the orphanages, NPO's and NGO's that are dealing with the issue (with little to no help from government). You are seeing so many negative comments because people are sick and tired of this corrupt, inept, pathetic excuse of a ruling government who continue to drive this country further into destitution and idiocy. You should be JUST as mad boet.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-08 14:18

      In fact, I can just see the headline in a few months time reading "5000 anti retrovirals found dumped in veld".

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-08-08 14:24

      at Hugh, i am also tired, like everyone else, of the rampant corruption and incompetence and i would like nothing else than a new dispensation in power. However, that does not mean that i will be cynical beyond the point of reason. If you do work with people affected with HIV/AIDS (and i do too) then surely you must be interested in reading broadly around the subject. Then you should be able to appreciate that there is vast amounts of improvement compared to before. Sure there are mishaps, the thing with our newspaper we hear so much of the negative out of keeping with reality. Call a spade a spade and stay tired of corruption

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-08 14:31

      For sure Gerald - just saying you can't blame people on N24 for being cynical, they're overwhelmed by the corruption and failures of government etc. As for the AIDS work - government does very little to help Aids orphans - R800 a month per child (if they're lucky)?! No help whatsoever for equipment, buildings, building repairs, food, clothes, transport etc (that's where I step in and help - I don't work directly with the kids per-say, but raise funds, then repair buildings, help with feeding schemes, clothes, food gardens, equipment etc).

      1amAlan - 2012-08-08 17:08

      Gerald, you have every right to call me cynical. I admit it, I am. But for good reason which I'm pretty damn sure that you know the reasons why.

      claudia.meads - 2012-08-08 21:24

      The world has completely lost its sanity. $3bn..!?!? All of it was "funded" by printing worthless money and it produced zero economic value - on the contrary, it directly contributed to the global financial crises, viz the GREAT RECESSION. As a consequence people have lost their life's savings, their jobs, their homes, families have been destroyed, people have committed suicide, etc, etc... So what did we achieve in the end..? How many factories could have been built..? If not, then imagine the subsidies to factories/manufacturing.., it could have built several Gauteng highways, upgraded a power-station, etc. I am sorry that I cannot join the dewy-eyed happy sing-along, but the world has completely lost sight of rational priorities - a thousand years from now they will be absolutely stumped by our overt idiocy.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-08-12 15:23

      @ Jacob Zuma - How many years of HIV treatment can your presidential jet buy? 229,524 according to the AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa. And for more fun, add all those numbers up at the end for a grand total of lives that could’ve been saved.

  • mlucejko - 2012-08-08 13:21

    So now I understand why our 'Anti-AIDS' programme was so successful, thanks to the Americans !! Lets hope our Government doesn't revert to its 'old system' and start dishing out Garlic, Beetroot and Mushrooms ???

  • adriaan.pieterse - 2012-08-08 13:41

    It's a pity we have to be so negative about it however I see another avenue for corruption just being opened...

  • rodney.overes - 2012-08-08 13:44

    This is what happens when you keep on blaming the people for every thing, now US-AID and the yanks are getting tired of all the negative comment on the other races they are pulling out of Africa slowly as the Africans keep on saying they don't need them and blaming western nations for stealing there land and resources. Its official policy to with draw from Africa

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-08 13:44

    "US hands over Aids project to SA" - Stupid Western liberals never learn, do they?

  • Barefoot - 2012-08-08 13:46

    oh no! why tenderise the project?

  • richard.zanner - 2012-08-08 13:54

    Well there goes that one. they cannot even control the country.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-08 14:21

    Thank you. But, please keep the BEETROOT !

  • charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-08-08 14:31

    Oh my word..LOL..this is so funny! But at the same time, I smell a rat!

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-08-08 14:31

    rubbish, the so called americans/europeans invented hiv/aids thinking they will wipe africa off,failed, now they pass it onto us to fix it,voetsek its their mess, they must fix it.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-08 16:40

      This is probably the saddest and most delusional comment I have ever read on News24. And with Fidel around, who believes Nelson Mandela is a fake, that's saying something.

  • treyzo.mbelo - 2012-08-08 14:46

    Handing over the project to the government is a recipe for disaster, corruption will galore, mismanagement will be the order of the day

      charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-08-08 15:03

      Yes, and only more people will die while the ANC hold conferences at expensive hotels with 3 meals a day while discussing the problem. Not getting to a solution and deciding that more discussions and conference the next week will be the best solution...and so on and so on!

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-08-08 15:34

      yes, and you all said SA could not host the world cup

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-08 15:45

      Gerald, you actually believe that the government were in charge of the WC??? HAHAHAHAHA

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-08 15:05

    Why so negative? Think of the millions of dollars that will now pour into the country for the next five years. At the current exchange rate that means R8 for every dollar! Now, that is a lot of money for redistribution into the right pockets! Every dollar so donated means R8 less tax money will need to be taken for redistribution. So, we the taxpayers will actually SAVE! How is that for positive thinking?

      alfonso - 2012-08-08 15:56

      How does it get reflected and how are you think will the SA governement inform the citizens what exactly happend with that money?!! I knew 5 young people died already because of lack of treatment!!! Think positiv doesn't help much!! Alfonso

  • arnold.niemand - 2012-08-08 15:16

    and now the wheels will come off.Give them a hammer and an anvil and they will destroy that as well.

      morgaenart.farto - 2012-08-08 16:12

      ...but they do know what a Hammer & Sickel is.

  • richardnealejohn.underwood - 2012-08-08 15:52

    Our professor is sure to pocket that and tell them all to take a shower !

  • morgaenart.farto - 2012-08-08 16:11

    Woohoo!!! ....our most effective form of population control will be given a huge boost by this...

  • chule.qalase - 2012-08-23 23:43

    i think news24 bloggers more especially the ones with European ancestry will never in this life time appreciate anything with regards to South Africa. Maybe they have some hidden agendas or this news24 is sponsored by them.They never say any thing good about this country I often wonder what is stopping them from just going to AUSTRALIA OR NEW ZEALAND?

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