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Transitions in Financing HIV and AIDS Programmes

Posted 02 July 2012, 08:55 P, by Guest

By Patrick L. Osewe, Lead Health Specialist for the Southern Africa region of the World Bank

Patrick L. OseweWhile participating in a study of HIV spending efficiency in South Africa, I met a young HIV-positive mother who had just received the joyful news that her new-born daughter was healthy and HIV-free. Wiping away tears of relief, she described the gratitude she felt for the antenatal clinic staff, who had helped start her on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and thanks to whom she now had the hope of a bright future for her daughter.

This encounter was just one among many similar incidents during the study – and, as our preliminary data show, is representative of the positive impact of the Government’s strong commitment to bringing down rates of HIV. More...