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Lancet. 2003 Sep 27; 362(9389):1045.A high-level panel attended by heads of state, ministers, and civil society members at United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York on Sept 22 called HIV/AIDS “the greatest leadership challenge of our time”, and one that requires “drastic action”. Progress reports from the UN Secretary-General and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) stated that global and national efforts are falling far short of meeting basic goals for prevention and care. (excerpt)
AIDS Reader. 2003 Jan; 13(1):5-6.In a special session of the United Nations, held from June 25 to 27, 2001, access to medications was recognized as one of the fundamental elements ensuring the innate right of all persons to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. The prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS were emphasized as "mutually reinforcing elements" of an effective health response. Yet, of the 43 million people currently living with HIV/AIDS, fewer than 1 million have access to and are treated with antiretrovirals. That fact has become part of a new public service campaign to increase awareness of this issue in the United States. (author's)
Perspectives in Health. 2003; 8(2):23-25.Today the Pedro Kourí Institute for Tropical Medicine comprises 52,000 square meters and 700 employees and is Cuba's leading research and training center in infectious diseases, as well as a major player in international efforts to control tropical diseases. Many of the national laboratories of Cuba are housed at the institute, along with the island's only tertiary AIDS clinic and research center. It continues to receive support from TDR as well as Canada, France, Spain, Belgium, the European Union and the Wellcome Trust, among others. (excerpt)
New York Times. 2003 Feb 8;  p..In this gritty township [Khayelitsha] near Cape Town, the relief agency Doctors Without Borders provides free triple-therapy treatment to about 330 people and reports remarkable results, Doctors treat even the sickest of the sick, patients who can barely walk or swallow. After six months of treatment, most people show dramatic improvements, gaining as much as 20 pounds and the strength to fight off killer diseases. (excerpt)
Scientific American. 2002 Mar; 286(3):10.Worldwide, clinics have dispensed millions of free condoms and have counseled people about how to change their behavior to reduce the risk of HIV infection. Such prevention efforts have indeed helped stabilize or reduce the incidence of HIV infections in various countries. However, this editorial points out that the time has come for the developed world to acknowledge that treatment must join prevention in the battle against AIDS in developing nations. UN Secretary Koffi A. Annan included treatment as a priority in the newly established Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In addition, the link between treatment and prevention is evident in the use of antiretroviral drugs to prevent mothers from passing on HIV to their babies. However, the high cost of most antiretroviral drugs and a dearth of doctors, clinics and hospitals block the use of AIDS drugs in many developing countries and political obstacles prevent their employment in many others.