International AIDS Conference in Thailand to Focus on Increasing Access to Antiretroviral Drugs
March 22, 2004
The XV International AIDS Conference scheduled for July in Bangkok, Thailand, will focus on mobilizing "political will" to roll out antiretroviral drug programs in developing countries, a conference organizer said on Monday, AFP/Yahoo! News reports (AFP/Yahoo! News, 3/22). The conference is organized by the International AIDS Society and the Thai Ministry of Public Health as the local host, along with co-organizers UNAIDS, the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, International Council of AIDS Service Organizations, and the Thai NGO Coalition on AIDS (XV International AIDS Conference Web site, 3/22). Dr. Gustaaf Wolvaart, a senior conference advisor, said that scientific breakthroughs have led to effective and affordable treatments and many of the monetary restrictions have been addressed through generic drug production, price cuts and subsidy programs, according to the AP/San Jose Mercury News. He added, "Now the issue is going to be how to mobilize the political will to roll these things out" (Peck, AP/San Jose Mercury News, 3/22).
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