UNAids concerned by ‘funding crisis’ in fight against Aids

The South African government has set itself a target to end the pandemic by 2030.

More than 18,000 delegates are attending the conference in Durban dedicated to fighting the HIV pandemic. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAids) says it's concerned about what it calls a funding crisis in the fight against the deadly virus.

UNAids, along with thousands of other organisations and delegates, have gathered at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) to discuss ways of tackling the pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 30 million people in 35 years.

This is day two of the conferencen, which is being hosted by South Africa for the second time since 2000.

UNAids and the Kaiser Family Foundation say new data shows that 13 of 14 donor governments have reduced funding for Aids in low and middle-income countries.

Officials say the decline comes as Aids services across the world need to be scaled up rapidly in efforts to meet globally-agreed fast track ways of stopping new infections.

The Kaiser family foundation's Jennifer Kates said, "This is an analysis we have been doing for decade in partnership with the UNAids. Every year we look at bilateral disbursements and multilevel contributions. This year, for the first time in five years, we found a drop."

The South African government has set itself a target to end the pandemic by 2030, something that activists and delegates here say is not possible at all.

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