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Call to boost global AIDS battle


More pressure must be placed on governments all over the world to help fund the fight against AIDS.

That is the message delegates are taking home to their respective countries after the international AIDS conference in Mexico City.

Experts made it clear how the fear of violence, discrimination and unwarranted prosecution hindered the battle to beat HIV.

“The conference does not end today, it starts today as each one of you puts pressure, at adequate levels, on the governments and international organisations and financiers, so that very important promises made at the conference are met,” said conference Joint Chairman Pedro Cahn.

Educating people, strengthening health systems in developing countries and focussing research emerged as three other priorities in the worldwide war on AIDS.

Some 24,000 people from 194 countries took part in the conference – the second largest in the history of the event and the first to be held in Latin America.

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