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SOUTH AFRICA: Additional US millions for AIDS

July 7, 2004
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JOHANNESBURG, 7 July (PLUSNEWS) - The fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa is expected to be strengthened through new funding from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

According to a US embassy statement, South Africa has received approximately US $30 million in additional assistance to complete its $70 million allocation for 2004 under the AIDS relief plan.

PEPFAR represents America's unprecedented five year, $15 billion commitment to fight HIV/AIDS globally.

In South Africa the plan supports the government's comprehensive programme to provide anti-AIDS treatment for more than 53,000 people, as well as prevention, palliative care, and support to orphans and vulnerable children.