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Lack of research funding threatens fight against HIV/Aids

There is concern that the overall target to stop HIV/Aids by 2030 will not be achieved without funding.

Picture: Free Images.

DURBAN - Executive director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé has warned that there is a serious threat of losing the fight against the HIV/Aids pandemic if more money is not allocated for research.

He was speaking at the 21st International Aids Conference in Durban

Delegates from around the world have gathered at the conference to assess whether progress is being made in stopping the pandemic.

Sidibé says with countries having conflicting priorities with regards to funding, he is scared the battle against HIV/Aids will regress.

"I'm scared because I am seeing for the first time the decline on financing from donor countries."

The conference has heard that South Africa has invested R1.6 billion in combatting HIV.

However, Sidibé says if other countries don't fund their own research the overall target to stop HIV/Aids by 2030 will not be achieved.