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At Front Lines, Global War on AIDS Is Falling Apart

May 11, 2010

During the last decade, the per-patient cost of AIDS treatment fell to less than $100 a year in poor countries, and donors stepped up to make the drugs available to some patients there. However, the global recession has sparked a collapse in donor support.

For every 100 people put on antiretroviral drugs, 250 are newly infected with HIV, according to UNAIDS. Three million people are newly infected each year, a figure that outpaces the 2 million AIDS deaths annually; thus, the total number infected swells by 1 million each year.

More lives could be saved by focusing on available cures -- costing $1-$10 -- for diseases that kill infants and children, some donors have decided. In comparison, the lifetime cost of AIDS treatment in Uganda is $11,500 per patient, according to its AIDS Commission.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Mekonnen Alemu (Ethiopia ) Tue., May. 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm EDT
It is inmoral and inlegal stoping of ART those who eligable this is human right vailation all developing country geverments and the community must think criticaly and give urgent ansewer specialy on drug sustanbility issue needs urgency
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