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The number of people on antiretrovirals will be doubled from the present 2.4 million to 4.6 million by 2016

  • When made: January 2014

  • Where: Party manifesto

  • If the promise was kept, then at least 4.6 million HIV-positive people should have been on antiretrovirals by the end of 2016 (double would be 4.8 million people). This did not happen. 

Some 3.8 million people were on antiretrovirals at the end of March 2017, according to the department of health’s 2016/2017 annual report. This is about 770,000 (17%) short of the ANC’s promise.

The data shows the promise has been broken. There has been a gradual increase in the number of people on antiretroviral therapy, and South Africa’s ARV programme is the largest in the world. But experts previously told Africa Check there were some concerns about the data. The quality of treatment should also be considered, not just numbers, they said. Africa Check, May 2019

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