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SADC need funding for HIV meds

Doctors without Borders shared their experiences on treating HIV with various health representatives.

Holding tablets. Picture: Irin News.

BRAAMFONTEIN - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) said on Thursday they will not be able to cope if international donors do not step up funding for HIV treatment.

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) gathered various health representatives from those countries to share their experiences of dealing with HIV on the front line.

United Nations agency UNAIDS' new report describes the incremental gains made in the fight against HIV, but governments said this could turn on its head if donors failed keep their promises.

In Mozambique, 96 percent of life saving anti-retrovirals are paid for with international donor money.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo last year it was 100 percent.

SADC countries said that international funding has shifted away from HIV treatment to other priorities and they can't foot the bill on their own.

Stuart Chuka from Malawi's ministry of health said his country can't absorb the $60 million required to provide the drugs which would take up more than two thirds of their entire health budget.