The US has intimated it may be planning to cut its funding for HIV treatment in SA by more than R5 billion.
Talking to Kieno Kammies, Health Minister Aaron Motsolaedi says this decision does not surprise him.
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)
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.— Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister - Department of Health
No country owes another country any amount of money, so this did not come as a surprise.— Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister - Department of Health
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.
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.
To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Motsoaledi says SA must become self-reliant if US cuts Aids funding