March 19, 2004
"This doubling in just six months of the number of HIV patients treated in Africa is encouraging progress," BMS Executive Vice President John McGoldrick, who is the current chair of the AAI industry partners, said, adding, "There is still a very long way to go to ensure that treatment reaches as many people as possible, but efforts are gaining momentum to improve access in Africa." UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said that nongovernmental organizations, private companies and the private sector "must all work to accelerate this positive trend dramatically." He added, "There are still too many people who lack access to HIV prevention, care, treatment and support initiatives -- everyone with something to contribute should redouble their efforts to fight this global epidemic." WHO Assistant Director-General Jack Chow said, "The AAI experience shows that with political will, commitment and partnership, it is possible to generate and sustain a large jump in access to HIV care and treatment in resource-constrained settings. ... We are confident that the global community will rise to the challenge by building on, and learning from, the work of the AAI and related initiatives" (AAI release, 3/18).
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