WHO Announces Measures to Ensure HIV/AIDS Programs Help Deliver Improved Health Services; Canadian Donation Key to Program
November 5, 2004
The World Health Organization on Thursday announced measures to ensure that HIV/AIDS programs help deliver improved health services to countries highly affected by the pandemic, especially nations in Africa, the CP/Canada.com reports (Branswell, CP/Canada.com, 11/4). WHO will work to ensure that HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts continue and help expand quality health services to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families and communities, Xinhuanet reports (Xinhuanet, 11/4). "We must ensure that the people who need treatment for AIDS are getting it. Otherwise, they will die," WHO Director-General Dr. Jong-Wook Lee said. Canadian Minister of International Cooperation Aileen Carroll added, "We are determined to reach as many people as we can in the world's poorest and most hard-hit countries with antiretroviral treatment and information on how to prevent HIV/AIDS." WHO's platform to improve conditions in developing countries includes ensuring sufficient numbers of trained health care workers, effective systems to purchase and distribute drugs and supplies, and fair financing and health information systems to avoid people falling "through the cracks." WHO also plans to provide countries in need with tools to track health information to maintain records of patients' visits, medical histories and medication results (WHO release, 11/4).
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