JOHANNESBURG, June 7 (Xinhuanet) -- The US president's emergency plan for
AIDS relief in South Africa has reached over 70,000 HIV-affected orphans and
vulnerable children last year, the US ambassador said on Tuesday.
The emergency plan began funding activities a year ago, said Ambassador Jendayi Frazer, speaking
at the international AIDS conference in the coastal city of Durban.
The plan had also given antiretroviral-based treatment to over 25,000
people and had trained over 30,000 health professionals.
Two years ago, US President George W. Bush and South African President
Thabo Mbeki agreed that their countries would cooperate to implement the
Frazer said the plan was drawn up to support the South African government's
operational plan for comprehensive HIV/AIDS care, management and treatment.
"I am pleased to let you know that just last week, President Mbeki and
President Bush met again and reconfirmed their commitment to the cooperative
efforts our partners are engaged in to address HIV and AIDS in South Africa," he
In the first 12 months, prevention programs had been implemented for the
uniformed services, labor unions, school children and for poor communities, he
With a total population of about 47 million, South Africa has the largest
number of HIV-affected population in the world, about 10 percent of the total