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‘Many communities excluded in fight against Aids’

The five-day 2016 International Aids Conference has officially come to an end today.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi hanked world leaders and organisations for attending the International Aids Conference. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has thanked world leaders and organisations for attending the International Aids Conference but concedes that many communities have been excluded in the fight against the pandemic.

Motsoaledi delivered the closing remarks at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) this evening where thousands gathered to discuss innovative ways to tackle the virus.



The five-day 2016 International Aids Conference has officially come to an end with some of the key issues discussed including funding and the end of discrimination against the Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.



Motsoaledi says this is not the time for donor governments to stop funding struggling countries.

"Countries who require resources to scale up, introduce new technologies and expand services. This is not the time to decrease or withdraw funding from countries that need it the most."

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The health minister also involved the crowd in his warning against complacency.

"Please, say no to complacency. Just very softly to ensure commitment."

The next International Aids Conference takes place in Amsterdam in two years' time.

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