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AIDS hits African women, funding shortfall threatens progress

Despite a recent UNAIDS report that sub-Saharan nations are leading the decline in newHIV infections, woman are disproportionately affected by the disease, and future progress could be hampered by a huge funding shortfall.

An additional $10 billion will be required to provide universal access to powerful pharmaceuticals, prevention efforts and early diagnosis methods to stem the transmission of HIV from mothers to their newborns.

Between 2001 and 2009, 22 sub-Saharan countries saw a fall of over 25 percent in new HIV cases, largely due to the increased availability of powerful anti-retroviral drugs for infected individuals and increased condom usage among the young, according to the report released on Sept. 17.

But donor nations are contributing less to stem HIV infections.

Halting and reversing the spread of HIV by 2015 is one of the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals.

Yet declining contributions will set back these goals, said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, who added: “Investing for AIDS is a shared responsibility—between development partners and national governments.” Read Full Story from the Publisher.

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