The South African government will send a team to the US following an announcement that Washington plans to cut funding for HIV/Aids treatment programmes.
According to Deputy Director General at the Department of Health Dr. Yogan Pillay, the decision to slash HIV/Aids funding could impact a target to have 20 million people on antiretroviral treatment by December 2020.
He says the US contributes nearly 600 million dollars worth of technical support with some support to antiretroviral medication in SA.
We need the money, there is no question about cause it means we will reach our target sooner as opposed to two or three years later.— Dr. Yogan Pillay, Deputy director general - Department Health
It is important because treatment also acts as prevention, we would not want to lose the money. hence the minister is sending a delegation which I am leading, to the US so that we spend some time talking to our counter parts in Washington about what we put in place to ensure that we do reach our targets....— Dr. Yogan Pillay, Deputy director general - Department Health
The truth is that this is happening with a number of countries, we are not the only ones where there is going to be a cut. My mission is to ensure that every patient is on treatment and stays on treatment for the rest of their lives.— Dr. Yogan Pillay, Deputy director general - Department Health
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