South Africa has been selected by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other key partners to receive an Achievement Award in recognition of the country’s outstanding work to combat tuberculosis (TB).
USAID presented the government of South Africa with this award, which was accepted by Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 17, 2016. The award is in recognition of the progress that has been made by South Africa on TB, TB/HIV, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB).
U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard applauded the leadership of South Africa and its National Department of Health under the leadership of Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi.
“South Africa has shown tremendous leadership in the fight against TB, TB/HIV, and MDR-TB and XDR-TB. South Africa has led the world in the implementation of a wide range of innovative approaches to prevent, diagnose, and treat the disease, from early adoption of the GeneXpert diagnostic platform, through its commitment to addressing TB among prisoners and miners, to ambulatory care of MDR-TB patients,” said Gaspard.
“I’m proud that the United States government has been a strong partner with South Africa in the fight against TB and we will continue to partner because, despite great success, there continue to be real challenges.