Speaker, the ANC applauds the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government for the 2,1% decrease in mother-to-child HIV transmissions in the province. In 2005, this figure stood at 20,9% in the province which was identified as having the highest rate of HIV/Aids infections in sub-Saharan Africa.
This significant achievement is attributed to the ANC-led government's unwavering commitment to eliminate HIV infections in the province. We also acknowledge the impact of the premier's HIV/Aids flagship Sukuma Sakhe Project and its antiretroviral therapy outreach programme. This programme focuses on encouraging all sectors of society to take charge of their lives instead of relying only on government to deliver. Most importantly, with regards to this programme, is the contribution of health workers and communities, including efforts by churches, traditional leaders and community leaders.
Overall, there has been a dramatic drop in mother-to-child transmission of HIV in South Africa. [Time expired.] [Applause.]