Hundreds of delegates attend the the closing ceremony of the 21st International AIDS conference at the International Convention Centre in Durban on July 22, 2016. / AFP / RAJESH JANTILAL
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The International Aids Conference in South Africa wrapped up Friday with calls for increased funding as the search for a cure continues and with HIV infections running at around 2.5 million a year.A UNAIDS and Kaiser Family Foundation study presented at the conference this week pointed to a billion dollar drop in donor government funding, from $8.6 billion in 2014 to $7.5 billion last year.The Fund is asking for at least $13 billion from donor governments.A study released by the group this week warned of 21 million preventable Aids deaths and 28 million new HIV infections over the next six years if the Global Fund did not get the requested $13 billion.Some 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.
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