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Stuart Chuka, an official of the Malawi health ministry, said the eradication of AIDS now relied on state-of-the-art medical technology and the money to pay for it.

“Just as success is within reach, we’re up against a great financial squeeze. I truly believe we can end AIDS. But we can’t do it alone,” he said Thursday.

Thierry Dethier, a Doctors Without Borders official based in Congo, said in that country just one tenth of health facilities offer AIDS treatment.

“We receive critically ill patients who have desperately searched for ARV treatment” whose condition had reached the point of death, he said.