Ramaphosa calls for more funding, support in SA's HIV/Aids fight

Ramaphosa said SA needs to find ways of generating enough resources to support its HIV & Aids initiatives.

FILE: South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says more funding and support structures are needed as South Africa works to intensify its national response to HIV and Aids.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the South African National AIDS Council Lekgotla yesterday, where he said there has been a significant decline in HIV knowledge in the country.

The deputy president said South Africans now face a new challenge of trying to curb new infections through education.

Ramaphosa said South Africa needs to find ways of generating enough resources to support its HIV and Aids awareness initiatives.

The lack of public knowledge on the epidemic is reportedly adding to continuous human rights violations against HIV positive people.

The deputy president has called for the implementation of adequate communication strategies that will see renewed energy in the fight against Aids.

Ideas and policies will be discussed next week when South Africa hosts its seventh Aids conference in Durban.