TITLE

Antiretroviral access increased but still room for improvement

PUB. DATE
April 2006
SOURCE
PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News;4/8/2006, Issue 500, p26
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
According to the latest report issued by the WHO and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the number of patients with HIV infections in low and middle income countries who are receiving antiretroviral (ART) treatments has increased from 400 000 in December 2003 to 1.3 million in December 2005. The report says that the lessons learned in this time should guide future global efforts to provide universal access to such treatment by 2010. Although progress in the scale-up of treatment was lower than anticipated, the report notes that approximately 50 000 patients each month commenced ART therapy during 2005, with the largest efforts observed in sub-Saharan Africa. A total of 18 developing countries met the WHO '3 by 5' target of providing treatment to at least 50% of patients requiring therapy by the end of 2005. Steps to continue and expand ART treatment scale-up are outlined in the report. In addition, UNAIDS estimates that by 2008, approximately $US22 billion per year will be required to fund national programmes for HIV prevention, treatment and care.
ACCESSION #
27697977

 

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