The head of the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar) has assured SA and other recipient countries that it remains committed to the fight against HIV/Aids, despite the US Congress’ failure to reauthorise funding for another five years.

Pepfar was established by former Republican president George W Bush in 2003 to support the countries hardest hit by the HIV/Aids epidemic, including SA. It is the biggest foreign donor to SA’s HIV/Aids efforts, and currently provides slightly more than $450m a year...

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