SA welcomes HIV/AIDS assistance from Britain

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pretoria - The Department of Health has welcomed the support by a British department to buy additional condoms for the country.

British Minister for International Development, Gareth Thomas said his department will assist in providing 42 million condoms as part of a broader approach to scaling up HIV treatment.

The announcement was made during an emergency meeting held in Westminster on Tuesday to re-energise global efforts to tackle HIV and AIDS.

The department said the announcement comes at the time when the health department is scaling up its efforts to combat the spread of HIV in the country.

"In few weeks' time, South Africa will be hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup and this assistance will further boost the country's readiness to provide for the healthcare needs of thousands of soccer fans expected to come into the country during the month-long tournament," said Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

Accepting the Global Fund Report on Monday, Dr Motsoaledi stressed the need for more emphasis to be placed on prevention.

"We have distributed millions of condoms for males and females respectively, but we acknowledge that much more needs to be done," Motsoaledi said.