Many Barriers to HIV/AIDS Treatment Delivery Remain Worldwide, Report Says
May 25, 2006
Although access to treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS around the world has increased over the past six months, there still are significant barriers to achieving universal access to treatment, according to a report released Wednesday by the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, a group of 700 HIV/AIDS treatment advocates from more than 100 countries, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports (Lederer, AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 5/25). The report, titled "Missing the Target -- Off Target for 2010: How to Avoid Breaking the Promise of Universal Access," is the first semi-annual update to a report released in November 2005 that aimed to identify challenges to treatment access worldwide and provide solutions to overcome them. According to the November report, the World Health Organization missed its 3 by 5 Initiative target of treating three million HIV-positive people in developing countries with antiretroviral drugs by the end of 2005 because of a lack of international cooperation and coordination, as well as a lack of national leadership. The latest report says a pledge made by leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations to provide universal HIV/AIDS treatment access by 2010 will not be reached unless government ministers meeting next week at the U.N. General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS reaffirm their commitment to the goal (ITPC release, 5/24).
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