Africa's largest AIDS conference urges donors not to withdraw funding

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Delegates attending Africa's largest conference on HIV and AIDS are urging donors to save 100,000 lives a month by reversing a decision to cut future funding for programmes.

The five-day session of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs (ICASA) ended in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on Friday.

Last month, the Global Fund for HIV, AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis cancelled it's next round of funding after donors failed to deliver on US $ 2.2 billion of pledges.

In the developing world, treatment for 70 percent of HIV patients is financed by the Global Fund.

ICASA says the Global Fund's suspension of normal disbursements until 2014 comes as a huge financial blow, cutting much needed life- saving funds for HIV, AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

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