UK gives South Africa millions of condoms

The UK has donated £1m ($1.5m) to South Africa to buy condoms in a bid to combat HIV and Aids, as the nation builds up to the football World Cup.

UK ministers said South Africa had appealed for one billion condoms.

Last month, South African officials said they were beefing up their condom supply to cope with about 450,000 visitors expected for the World Cup.

More than five million people in South Africa have HIV – more than in any other country.

Last month, South African medical official Victor Ramathesele told a medical conference organised by football’s governing body Fifa that the country was preparing for the influx of visitors.

“There’s going to be a large number of people who will be descending onto the country,” he said.

“There’s going to be a spirit of festivity and… there could be a more than usual demand for measures such as condoms.

“So there are measures in place to ensure that the condom supply is going to be ramped up during this tournament.”

BBC News

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