Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
29 Nov 2021
11:00 am

SA has one of the most comprehensive HIV programmes

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

The country is estimated to be investing more than $1.34 billion (about R21.7 billion) annually to run its HIV programmes

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Currently, in South Africa, we have more than 7.7 million people living with HIV, a prevalence of 20.4%. Even with efforts and initiatives the government and private healthcare sector put in place, we still experience above 70 000 aids-related deaths annually. The country is estimated to be investing more than $1.34 billion (about R21.7 billion) annually to run its HIV programmes. As a country, however, we have made big strides in getting people to test for HIV using different government and nongovernmental organisation-funded initiatives – 87% are aware of their status, according to Statistics SA. Also by being one of...