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Motsoaledi pleads with donor countries to continue contributing to HIV/Aids cause

Motsoaledi says the reduction comes at a bad time when Aids services need to be scaled up rapidly.

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the lives of people living with HIV/Aids depend on funding and he's pleaded with donor countries not to withdraw or reduce their donations.

The health minister delivered the closing remarks at the International 2016 Aids Conference at the Durban International Convention Centre yesterday.

At least 18,000 delegates attended the five-day event.



One of the key issues discussed during this year's conference was a concern over a funding crisis with data showing that 13 of 14 donor governments have reduced funding for the virus in low and middle-income countries.

Motsoaledi says the reduction comes at a bad time when Aids services across the world, need to be scaled up rapidly, in efforts to meet globally-agreed ways of stopping new infections.

"To ensure that nobody is left behind we must advocate for resources, a fully funded global fund is critical."

The health minister says the other issue is the discrimination against the LGBTI community.

"We cannot talk about ending Aids when we exclude other people for whatever reason."

World leaders say they hope the number of new infection rates will decrease by the time the next conference is held in Amsterdam in 2018.