South Africa will spend $2.2bn (£1.4bn) over two years on life-saving HIV/Aids drugs for public hospitals, a government minister has said. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the government aimed to buy three-quarters of the drugs locally. The tender represents a big rise from 2012 when the government awarded a $667m two-year contract for HIV/Aids drug supplies.
South Africa runs the world’s largest HIV/Aids treatment programme. The country has the biggest HIV epidemic in the world, with more than six million people living with HIV, according to Aids charity Avert. Medical charities warned last year that many South African clinics were running out of life-saving drugs despite government efforts to make treatment more widely available.