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Missing The Target- New ITPC Report on Improving HIV Drug Access and Advancing Health Care for all

Today the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) is releasing its fifth report on AIDS service delivery: Missing the Target 5 - Improving AIDS Drug Access and Advancing Health Care for All.

The report and media release are available on the web at www.aidstreatmentaccess.org

The new report, based on research by 17 civil society country teams, focuses on AIDS drug access issues. It finds that AIDS treatment scale up is working remarkably well in many countries, but that high prices, patent and registration barriers, and ongoing stock-outs are core issues impeding better and faster AIDS drug delivery. The report makes specific recommendations to governments and global agencies to correct these challenges.

There has been a lot of coverage over the last week about the new AIDS estimates from UNAIDS. The Missing the Target report doesn't focus on particular numbers. Whatever the exact figures, we know that millions of people in the prime of their lives are in desperate need of AIDS treatment, and millions more need access to HIV prevention services.

We have seen that treatment can be delivered effectively, save lives and transform people’s relationship to health services. We also have seen that AIDS drug treatment can’t be understood in a vacuum. Effective treatment depends on other services and supports, like accessible health clinics, subsidies for truly free treatment, and nutrition services. HIV treatment and prevention also must be more fully integrated.

So we call on governments and global agencies to fulfill their promise of coming close to universal access to AIDS treatment and prevention by 2010, and to use expanded delivery of AIDS services to build stronger, more integrated systems of health care

Comments

Hi Anne-christine. Thanks for sharing this fresh, timely information!

You write:

"We have seen that treatment can be delivered effectively, save lives and transform people’s relationship to health services. [...] Effective treatment depends on other services and supports, like accessible health clinics, subsidies for truly free treatment, and nutrition services. HIV treatment and prevention also must be more fully integrated.

So we call on governments and global agencies to fulfill their promise of coming close to universal access to AIDS treatment and prevention by 2010, and to use expanded delivery of AIDS services to build stronger, more integrated systems of health care."

Here are my follow-up questions:

1. When you say "we," you are you referring to? Are these your recommendations? The recommendations made by ITPC in the report? Both?

2. What steps do you see being taken now to integrate HIV treatment and prevention? How are "stronger, more integrated systems of health care achieved?" What does "using expanded delivery of AIDS services to build stronger, more integrated systems of health care" look like? Can you point toward some examples?

3. What can individuals and grassroots leaders do to help the governments and global agencies meet these goals? What can we do here on PulseWire?

Looking forward to your hearing more!

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