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A large chunk of our reporting focuses on HIV. Since the launch of Bhekisisa in 2013, we’ve covered HIV in-depth — from the impact of the virus on former president Nelson Mandela’s family to the advances in antiretroviral treatment and anti-HIV pills and injections. We’ve also looked at the impact of inequality and discrimination on the spread of HIV, the link between gender-based violence and HIV — and ways to fix it.

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Health Beat #2 | [Exclusive interview] Could the world’s biggest state HIV fund be limited by new abortion rules in the US?

  • Cameroonian virologist, John Nkengasong, became the first African head of the  United States’ global HIV initiative called the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR.
  • PEPFAR has to follow US laws, and the country’s abortion laws are changing dramatically. The US highest court nullified the constitutional right to abortion in June. 
  • Mia Malan speaks to Nkengasong about his appointment, and his plans for the biggest government HIV fund at a time when COVID-19 has overshadowed most other health crises.

The United States government has appointed the first African head of its Aids fund, Pepfar. John Nkengasong, a Cameroonian virologist with US citizenship, will need to establish the potential impact of America’s change in abortion legislation on Pepfar funding rules.