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Potential cuts to foreign aid threaten the world’s chances of ending poverty and eradicating diseases by 2030, with particularly dire consequences for Africa’s HIV/AIDS efforts, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has warned ahead of the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York. A 10% cut in funding for HIV/AIDS could lead to the deaths of 5.6-million people by 2030, he said ahead of Wednesday’s release of a report from his philanthropic foundation on how the world is progressing towards 18 of the health and poverty-related targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). South African officials are anxiously watching to see whether US president Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to foreign aid are passed by Congress, as such a move could reduce both the bilateral and indirect support that it provides to South African HIV/AIDS programmes. SA is also vulnerable to a reduction in other countries’ contributions to international agencies such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tube...

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