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National Aids Council receives R5bn critical funding boost

Deputy President David Mabuza attended the official handover of the money to SANAC by the Global Grant Fund.

SANAC CEO Sandile Buthelezi at the official handover of R5 billion to the council by the Global Grant Fund. Picture: @SA_AIDSCOUNCIL/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Aids Council (SANAC) said it had received a critical funding boost of over R5 billion to go towards the fighting of TB, HIV and Aids.

Deputy President David Mabuza on Friday attended the official hand over of the money to SANAC by the Global Grant Fund.

SANAC CEO Sandile Buthelezi said the money was important because it would mostly cover treatments and for vulnerable groups who suffered from the life-threatening diseases.

Buthelezi said foreign aid was essential to fund these projects.

“This money will strongly go towards prevention, particularly looking at key and vulnerable populations including the young adolescent girls, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender groups and overall the LGBTQ community. In addition, 90% of that budget will go towards TB,” he said.