Delegates: 2016 Aids conference step in the right direction

At least 18,000 people have attended the event over a five-day period.

More than 18,000 delegates are attending the conference in Durban; which has brought together scientists, policy makers and charities, dedicated to fighting the HIV pandemic to coordinate the global response to the virus. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

DURBAN - Delegates who attended the 2016 International Aids Conference say the event has been important, allowing governments from around the globe to meet and discuss the progress made in the fight against Aids.

At least 18,000 people attended the event over a five day period.

Some of the issues discussed included funding new scientific research and the end to discrimination.

A woman from Chicago says she is glad to see so many people travel from all over the globe to find ways to fight the virus.

"I am encouraged and think there are brilliant people from all over the world, we are committed to eradicating this disease and if we continue to work together we can end it by 90."

A Nigerian man says having the Aids conference is a step in the right direction.

"It's a positive step for us to gather like this and be able to track our successes to see if we are on the right track towards ending the HIV pandemic because so much work still needs to be done."