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Ramaphosa, Ban call on delegates to inspire new ideas in global HIV fight

More than 18,000 delegates are attending the conference, dedicated to fighting the HIV pandemic.

Delegates attending the Aids conference in Durban. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The International Aids Conference has kicked off in Durban, with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa calling on delegates to inspire new ideas in the global fight against HIV.

More than 18,000 delegates are attending the conference; which has brought together scientists, policy makers and charities, dedicated to fighting the HIV pandemic to coordinate the global response to the virus.

Ban says many children living with HIV still lack treatment.

"We must enforce pacts that keep people from accessing services and living with dignity. We have to install resources, science and services and we have to protect and promote the rights of people living with HIV."

While Ramaphosa says despite the successes in dealing with the virus, more still needs to be done.

"The fight against HIV/Aids and TB is not over. Too many people living with HIV, still don't know their status and to many don't have access to treatment. The rate of infection remains high, particularly among the most vulnerable in the populations in the world."