This is in comparison to the US.dollars 90 million (approximately N.dollars 803,7 million) received last year.
Namibia’s PEPFAR funding has steadily declined since 2009.
That year, the country received US.dollars 107 million (approximately N.dollars 956 million), followed by US.dollars 102,6 million (approximately N.dollars 919,79 million) in 2010.
In 2011, USdollars 100,3 million (approximately N.dollars 893 million) was disbursed to Namibia.
US Ambassador to Namibia, Wanda Nesbitt announced this year’s amount on Tuesday when she paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob.
She explained that the decrease in funds is not a punishment, but a reflection of how well Namibia has been doing so far.
“It is a positive sign that Namibia is doing well in its endeavours to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic,” she said.
Nesbitt noted that the decrease in funds will also affect other countries benefiting from PEPFAR.
“The decrease also came around due to economic problems the US is facing currently,” she explained.
In his reply, Geingob said the decrease in funds is a challenge for Namibia, but added that the country should learn how to be independent.
He brought up the issue of Namibia being considered as a high-income country, calling it a “wrong calculation”.
“Do not cut us off from the assistance because of the high-income status. Those calculations are wrong, and they do not take care of the reality,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the US Ambassador promised that her government will continue providing assistance to Namibia in the fields of education, agriculture and tourism, amongst other things, through the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)-Namibia.
She said the US government is also providing training to Namibian Defence Force (NDF) personnel on explosive ordnances, military training and humanitarian assistance.
“All the assistance we are providing is based on the need of the relevant ministry, not on the demand of our government,” she said.
Geingob then thanked the US government for their support, saying all the projects are making a difference in sectors such as education, health and agriculture.
About 98 174 HIV-positive adults and children were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) by the end of 2011 through PEPFAR, in collaboration with the Namibian Government’s national HIV/AIDS programme.
Meanwhile, Turkish Ambassador Murat Ahmet Yoruk and German Ambassador Onno Huckmann also paid a courtesy call on the Premier on Tuesday.
The three Ambassadors expressed their condolences over the passing on of the late Minister of Education, Dr Abraham Iyambo, who died in London on Saturday.