Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe concludes working visit to the United States of America
25 July 2012
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has concluded a working visit to the United States of America where he attended the International Aids Conference in Washington DC.
Deputy President Motlanthe addressed the opening session of the Conference where he reported that South Africa had achieved impressive results over the past few years in the fight against HIV and Aids. In a year long testing campaign, more than 20 million people took the HIV test. More than 1.7 million are receiving ARV treatment and the mother to child transmission of HIV has been reduced to 2.7 percent.
Deputy President Motlanthe thanked the people and government of the United States of America and multilateral agencies including UNAIDS for their support to South Africa in its efforts to combat HIV and urged them to continue their support to South Africa and the other African countries in the ongoing efforts create an HIV free world.
The Deputy President was accompanied by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu and Deputy Minister of Social Development Ms Maria Ntuli.
Enquiries: Thabo Masebe, Spokesperson to the Deputy President +27 82 410 8087.
Issued by: The Presidency