As the World Cup 2010 draws closer, South Africa has received the most honorable gesture from Britain with the later pledging to donate a sum of £1million (about $1.5 million) towards the procurement of condoms.
It is one of those moves made to guarrantee and secure the life of many sex-driven visitors while the tournament lasted.
The bizarre development is one of the most positive support aimed at securing the life of thousands of International visitors to the tournament kicking off in June.
The money would be channeled towards providing about one billion condoms to World Cup visitors and providing short term security in the aftermath to many more in the country.
The fight against the spread of HIV has always attended the priority of South Africa government as the country remains heavily infected with the virus.
According to records, there are about 1,000 Aids-related deaths and 1,500 new HIV infections a day in the country and South Africa is the world’s worst affected country and one of those attaining a hyper-HIV epidemic status.
World Cup Officials in the country have called for a boost in contraceptive supplies to deal with the influx of visitors for the football World Cup coming in June this year.
The cash was announced by international development minister Gareth Thomas at an emergency summit in London.
The summit had been summoned to address concerns over slow progress in tackling the epidemic of AIDS. African nations, donors and the pharmaceutical industry were gathered by the Government in a bid to get a target of universal access to prevention, treatment and care by 2015 ”back on track”.
However, officials claims the British gesture had no link to the World Cup but the timing has spoken volume about Britain’s intention to save life as the World Cup draws near. There are speculations the move might provoke a leap in prostitution.
Mr Thomas said: ”As the economic downturn squeezes the health budgets of the world’s poorest countries, efforts to tackle HIV and Aids – particularly amongst those who are marginalised and discriminated against – are being hit hardest. ”As a consequence we face the very real prospect that progress on tackling HIV will go into reverse.
That is why the UK is supporting South Africa’s leadership and drive to turn the tide on their epidemic, and why we have called this meeting to look at what more we can do collectively to increase progress on tackling HIV and Aids.” An estimated 5.7 million of South Africa’s 48 million people have HIV, including 280,000 children, according to the UN AIDS agency.
The money comes just after South African President Jacob Zuma left the UK on Friday after a three-day state visit. General Medical Officer for 2010 LOC Victor Ramathesele reacting to the gesture said: “There’s going to be a large number of people who will be descending onto the country. There’s going to be a spirit of festivity and… there could be a more than usual demand for measures such as condoms.
An estimated 5.7 million of South Africa’s 48 million people have HIV, including 280,000 children, according to the UN AIDS agency. The money comes just after South African President Jacob Zuma left the UK on Friday after a three-day state visit