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South African Official Expresses Concern Over Proposed U.S. Cuts To Global HIV/AIDS Funding

Business Day: U.S. plan to cut global AIDS funding has SA on edge
“The [South African] Department of Health is anxiously waiting to see if the U.S. Congress approves President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to global health programs, as its decision could reduce donor support for HIV/AIDS in SA. The US is the world’s biggest contributor to the global fight against HIV/AIDS and in 2016 contributed $4.9bn through bilateral programmes and international efforts such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. … ‘We should all be concerned,’ said the department’s deputy director-general for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and maternal and child health, Yogan Pillay. … The U.S. is the biggest international donor to SA’s HIV/AIDS efforts, via the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)…” (Kahn, 7/26).