Meeting 3 By 5 Initiative's End-of-Year Goal Will Be "Extremely Difficult," WHO HIV/AIDS Director Says
February 23, 2005
Meeting the World Health Organization's 3 by 5 Initiative target to treat three million people with antiretroviral drugs by the end of the year will be "extremely difficult," WHO's HIV/AIDS Program Director Jim Yong Kim said on Tuesday at the 12th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, the Boston Globe reports. Although some countries -- including Botswana and Uganda -- have either met their treatment targets or expect to meet them soon, Kim "singled out" South Africa, India and Nigeria as the three countries that "must urgently expedite" efforts to provide access to antiretrovirals, according to the Globe. Although South Africa has increased the number of people receiving antiretrovirals from 20,000 to 50,000 over the past few months, 90% of the HIV-positive people in the country are without treatment, according to Kim (Smith, Boston Globe, 2/23). Noting that Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia have made significant steps toward meeting their treatment targets, Kim said, "If those three countries can meet their goals at the end of 2005, it might be quite embarrassing to South Africa to say they have reached only 10%" (Russell, San Francisco Chronicle, 2/23).
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