December 6, 2010

The battle against AIDS in Africa is far from over, but a current funding shortfall threatens all of the progress there so far, said the African Jesuit AIDS Network.

World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, will be marked this year by a grim reality: "that of waning international engagement in the struggle against the pandemic, reflected in serious funding shortages for lifesaving antiretroviral therapy," the network's statement said.

The Jesuit-sponsored organization said it "has long felt that AIDS is simply not being perceived as an emergency anymore," even though 1.9 million people were newly infected in 2008 and 1.4 million people died of AIDS-related complications.