Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister – Department of Health, recently had an interview with Kineo Kammies from 702 to discuss possible cut of HIV treatment funding cut by the Pepfar
The US plans to cut its funding for HIV treatment in SA by more than R5 billion.
According to 702, 80% of the HIV scheme is funded from South Africa’s own fiscus and the remaining 20% from development partners, which includes the US’s Pepfar (President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief)
According to Motsoaledi, the announcement is not yet definite but rather a proposal. He says a South African team will be travelling to the US on 19 April to make a presentation to US Congress.
Pepfar donated more than R10 billion to South Africa for the 2018/19 financial year.
“Part of the reason we decided to increase our own internal spending is that we know when you depend on foreign funding, you know it can dry up at any time for whatever reason.,”
It is reported that the US is planning to cut its HIV scheme to many other African countries as well.
Motsoaledi says South Africa will have to pick up the slack if the US decides to do this and find internal funding.