SA to unveil new strategy against AIDS

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's President Jacob Zuma was due to address the nation Tuesday on his government's new plans to tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic, as part of activities marking the World AIDS Day, observed annually on 1 Dec, the government said.
Also, Michel Sidibe, head of the UN AIDS programme, was due to visit South Africa to commemorate World AIDS Day.
South Africa has an estimated 5.
7 million people infected with HIV - more than any other country in the world.
Nearly 1,000 South Africans die every day of AIDS-related diseases.
Sidibe said he is confident that the post-Mbeki administration is determined to address the crisis.
The US said it had earmarked for South Africa US$120 million for AIDS treatment, in response to a plea from President Zuma.
According to the US State Department, American Ambassador Donald Gips said the funds would be distributed over the next two years.

01 december 2009 09:56:00

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