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Africa AIDS Patients Aren't Getting Enough Funding From International Community, Experts Say

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An unidentified baby is fed at a home for HIV/AIDS and abandoned children on World Aids Day in Soweto, South Africa Tuesday, December 1 1998. The home, House Bethesda, is home to twenty one babies. Experts have warned that while powerful new drugs have sent AIDS deaths plunging in industrialized countries, the disease continues to kill millions in the impoverished nations of Africa and Asia. (AP Photo / Denis Farrell) | AP

JOHANNESBURG -- An independent, global medical and humanitarian organization says African nations are not receiving adequate international funding to fight HIV/AIDS, leaving them to face catastrophic consequences without enough medication.

Experts at Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders, on Thursday said Congo is only able to supply anti-retroviral drugs to 15 percent of the people needing them and `'patients are literally dying on our doorstep."

In a statement released in Johannesburg ahead of the United Nations world AIDS conference in Washington starting July 22, the organization said countries worst affected by the pandemic were the least able to provide "the best science" available to fight it.

The group says that while world data by the U.N. has pointed to gains over the disease, donors have scaled back on earlier funding commitments to Africa.

To help fund the fight against HIV/AIDS, consider getting involved in the following organizations:

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund fights these three diseases, among others. The fund has provided 3.3 million people with antiretroviral treatment, treated and detected 8.6 million cases of infectious tuberculosis and provided 230 million insecticide-treated nets to protect susceptible populations from Malaria. Donations accepted here.

World Vision
Help prevent mother-to-child transmission of AIDS. HIV-positive moms have a 1 in 3 chance of infecting their kids. World Vision provides HIV testing, medical care, prenatal and postnatal care, counseling and support for local clinics. Donations accepted here.

As part of its mission to help communities overcome poverty, CARE works to find ways to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. In addition, the organization finds solutions to social and economic problems that are related to the HIV/AIDS crisis. CARE especially works to protect the rights and provide opportunities for vulnerable survivors such as widows and orphans. Donations accepted here.

Gay Men's Health Crisis
GMHC seeks to find solutions that spread awareness, improve care and reduce stigma. The organization provides medical treatment and counseling, as well as provides a sense of community. Donations accepted here.

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