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HIV activists praise Motsoaledi

Mother-to-child HIV transmission rate dropped to 2,7 percent under Motsoaledi's leadership.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi talks about the 2012 global Aids report and local data from the 2011 report. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has been praised for his leadership in the fight against HIV.

Under his direction, there has been a significant drop in mother-to-child infections.

According to an impact study, 107,000 babies born to HIV-positive mothers were saved from being infected.

In 2002, the Constitutional Court ordered government to make the anti-Aids drug Nevirapine available to all HIV-positive pregnant women.

The mother-to-child HIV transmission rate dropped to 2,7 percent last year, compared to 2010's figure of 3,5 percent.

Motsoaledi said early treatment saves lives.

South African National Aids Council deputy chairperson Mark Heywood said political leadership is fundamental in the fight against HIV.

"Since 2009, we have seen the necessary political leadership and vision."

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