A plan to cut US funding to South Africa for HIV programmes is likely to be reversed – as long as the quality of services for people living with HIV is increased, say health NGOs. “The turnaround is a major victory for people living with HIV in the country, as critical resources will be restored,” eight NGOs are quoted in The Times as saying.

In January, the US threatened to cut its aid to South Africa by more than $200m (R2.8bn), or 30%, mainly as a result of the substantial numbers of HIV patients stopping treatment despite the risk to their own lives. Anele Yawa, from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), commented: “We are relieved that the potential cut to funding has been averted – it risked derailing our national HIV response and ultimately harming people living with HIV.” ….more