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A Commitment to Action for Expanded Access to HIV/AIDS Treatment

This document represents a consensus view among a number of partner organisations including people living with AIDS and their advocates, and non governmental organisations that share the goal of expanding access to antiretrovirals (ARVs) for all people living with HIV/AIDS. It describes the gap between access and need in developing countries, and argues coherently that expanding access to ARVs to three million people by 2005 is possible with adequate commitment and resources.

The report provides worldwide figures (up to December 2002) for the number of HIV-positive people with access to ARVs, and reviews the success of existing pilot projects to provide ARVs free of charge to people in resource-poor settings, as well as the national treatment programme in Brazil. It also highlights the work of the World Bank through its multi-country AIDS programme, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

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