On World AIDS Day in Pretoria, the U.S. Government announced plans to invest $120 million in one-time bridge funding from PEPFAR over 2 years to support the South African Government in implementing a new plan to meet its country's need for antiretroviral treatment. Ambassador Donald Gips announced the planned funding (pending Congressional notification), noting, "This additional funding is in direct response to the Government of South Africa's request." In a World AIDS Day address, President Zuma outlined a series of major new steps, describing his Government's dramatically intensified commitment on HIV/AIDS.
Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, noted: "With its large population of people infected with HIV, South Africa is a key to solving the global crisis. We're encouraged by the Government's action to craft a program to meet its people's needs in a sustainable way, and we'll continue to partner with them as they chart this new course."
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