Towards Universal Access: Scaling up Priority HIV/AIDS Interventions in the Health Sector

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Reports, Guidelines and Tools

More than four million people in low- and middle-income countries were receiving antiretroviral therapy at the close of 2008, representing a 36 percent increase in one year and a tenfold increase over five years, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). "This report shows tremendous progress in the global HIV/AIDS response," said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. "But we need to do more. At least five million people living with HIV still do not have access to life-prolonging treatment and care. Prevention services fail to reach many in need.” While HIV interventions are expanding in some settings, people at high risk of getting HIV infection, such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, and injecting drug users, continue to face legal and sociocultural barriers in obtaining healthcare services. According to Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, “ensuring equitable access will be one of our primary concerns and UNAIDS will continue to act as a voice for the voiceless, ensuring that marginalized groups and people most vulnerable to HIV infection have access to the services that are so vital to their wellbeing and to that of their families and communities.”

Related HIV Prevention Knowledge Base Topic: HIV Prevention for Hard-to-reach Men Who Have Sex with Men

Related HIV Prevention Knowledge Base Topic: Interventions Addressing Policy and Political Factors

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The World Health Organization September 2009 Progress Report