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SOUTH AFRICA: Unused AIDS budget to be diverted

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JOHANNESBURG, 28 October (PLUSNEWS) - Millions of unspent HIV/AIDS dollars might have to be diverted to international organisations, the South African Parliament heard this week.

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, in his 'Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure' speech on Tuesday, said the national department of health had to roll over more than US $10 million it had not spent on AIDS projects in the 2004/05 financial year.

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang assigned the blame to provincial governments and NGOs for not effectively monitoring the spending of the funds, but stressed that the money was not lost and would be used elsewhere in the battle against the pandemic.

The South African Press Association quoted Tshabalala-Msimang as saying, "It is money that is going to be utilised, maybe not just for ourselves. Because we are also part of the Global Fund and the Southern African Development Community Fund on HIV/AIDS, we also make contributions there."



Recent SOUTH AFRICA Reports
New strategies needed to meet shortfalls says Global Fund report,  29/Jun/06
New AIDS threat looms,  19/Jun/06
Govt wants to monitor PEPFAR funding,  12/Jun/06
HIV-positive Muslims take comfort in their faith,  26/May/06
'In the Continuum' gives HIV/AIDS a human face,  26/May/06
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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