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Global economic crisis threatens AIDS funding

Global economic crisis threatens AIDS funding
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Tabitha Kioko was diagnosed as HIV postive five years ago.

She gets her monthly dose of free anti-retroviral drugs at a clinic in Nairobi, Kenya.

But international donors have slashed their contribution to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria amid these tough economic times and reports of mismanagement.

Kioko, a 40-year-old Kenyan mother of three, said the free drugs keep her going and allow her to hold down a job.

“If these organisations stop funding, it will be like a death sentence to me and the others who are infected.”

The Global Fund pays for more than 70 percent of anti-retroviral drugs in the developing world, according to the NGO Medicins Sans Frontieres.

The United Nations has set a target of reversing the spread of HIV and AIDS by 2015.

Latest figures from 2009 show there were 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV, down by 21 per cent from 1997, when new infections peaked.