Cape Town - Around 13 million people infected with HIV in Africa have no access to essential AIDS drugs. This was reported yesterday by the World Aids Campaign organization at the end of the in Cape Town. According to the UN AIDS Organization (), HIV-infected people in West and Central Africa in particular are affected by the shortage. Only third of them have access to drugs that delay the outbreak of AIDS.
Experts at Africa's largest AIDS conference named corruption, mismanagement and lack of political commitment as the main causes of the problems. Of the 24 billion dollars (17.4 billion euros) required in 2014 for the fight against the spread of AIDS, fifth is currently missing, according to the UN organization.
UNAIDS director Michel Sidibé also called for better test procedures to be used. "HIV testing needs to be simpler, faster, cheaper and more accessible so we can get life-saving medicines faster," he said. In southern Africa in particular, there is also progress in combating the virus. According to UNAIDS, up to 80 percent of HIV-positive people in South Africa and Malawi have access to the drugs they need.
ICASA, which takes place every other year, was attended by around 12,000 experts and representatives from around 600 in Cape Town Organizations and associations. According to the organizers, the main objective of the conference was to find strategies for better containment of new infections.