Durban - The 2019 Global AIDS Update was officially launched in Eshowe, north of Durban, on Tuesday.
The report contained the latest data on the progress and challenges in the AIDS response and highlighted the impact that community programmes have had in expanding access to treatment, support adherence and preventing new HIV infections.
According to UNAIDS, the pace of reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to treatment and ending AIDS-related deaths is slowing down.
The report notes that while some countries are making impressive gains others are experiencing rises in new HIV infections and related deaths.
UNAIDS Executive Director, Gunilla Carlsson, called for an increase in political leadership to end AIDS.