Britain comes to South Africa's aid as demand for condoms rises with the impending World Cup.
Britain has responded to South Africa’s plea to provide 42 million condoms in time for the World Cup.
Appeals for British aid, made by the South African president Jacob Zuma during his recent trip to the UK, come as part of a huge HIV prevention drive.
With an estimated 5.7 million South Africans living with HIV, South Africa has more HIV cases than anywhere in the world. With the World Cup just around the corner The Guardian online reports that the demand for condoms is greater than ever.
The South African government estimates that over half a million visitors could descend on the country, sparking fears of an influx of 40,000 prostitutes from neighbouring countries.
“Obviously there’s a big focus on the World Cup and a huge increase in the number of people coming into South Africa,” said Gareth Thomas, the international development minister.
“The South Africans have identified, themselves, the need to get more condoms in place. South Africa specifically asked for British assistance and we are responding to that request”, he added.
South Africa, which hosts the continent’s first World Cup this summer, now boasts the world’s largest anti-retroviral programme, but there are still millions awaiting treatment.
The £1million funding will be announced today at an emergency summit in London on HIV prevention and treatment.