segunda-feira, janeiro 09, 2006
Acesso universal em 2010?
AIDS Treatment Activists Call on the U.N. and National Governments to Fulfill the Promise of the G8 Universal Access Goal
NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /U.S. Newswire/ --
On the eve of a meeting of U.N. officials, representatives of national governments and civil society to outline a plan for achieving the G8's goal of near universal access to AIDS treatment, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) today called on multilateral organizations and national governments to lay concrete plans to realize the G8 goal by 2010. ITPC is a network of over 600 people living with HIV/AIDS and their advocates from over 100 countries.
In November 2005, ITPC released a detailed report on the failure to meet the World Health Organization's "3 by 5" goal. (The report, Missing the Target: A Report on HIV/AIDS Treatment Access from the Frontlines, is available at http://releases.usnewswire.com/redir.asp?ReleaseID=58923&Link=http://www.aidstreatmentaccess.org ).
In December 2003, the World Health Organization made a commitment to extend AIDS treatment to three million people in the developing world desperately in need of therapy by 2005. By the end of last year, the international community, U.N. agencies and national governments had fallen short of that goal by over one million people.
At their summit in 2005, the G8 set an even more ambitious goal of coming as close to possible to universal access to AIDS treatment by 2010. This year, the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Department of International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID) are leading an effort to implement universal access. In Washington, D.C., next week, leaders from around the world will converge to outline the plan for achieving the G8 goal.
"Millions of lives depend on the outcomes of meetings such as this. As we come together to begin to plan for universal access, we cannot allow politics or bureaucracy to sideline us from our goal. Without a well-defined, task-oriented approach to the implementation of the Universal Access initiative, the effort is likely to be another in a series of hollow promises to people living with HIV/AIDS from the U.N. and governments around the world," said Rodrigo Pascal, co-chair of the International Steering Group of the ITPC.
ITPC calls upon UNAIDS and DFID to ensure:
1. The Universal Access initiative sets clearly-defined, iterative, and measurable goals to frame treatment scale up efforts, including quarterly national and international targets for access to treatment.
2. Specific goals, objectives and tasks be set for national governments, multilateral agencies, and others.
3. Meetings of the Global Steering Committee that is planning the Universal Access initiative focus on practical issues involved in scale up, including improved technical assistance and support to address specific barriers such as procurement, supply chain management, programme management, and planning.
4. Progress on these objectives be readily transparent.
5. Funding from donors be contingent on progress towards the agreed upon goals, objectives and tasks. Outcome-based incentives should be established on the country, regional and international levels to support the initiative.
6. The resources of multilateral and bi-lateral agencies be utilized in a more efficient, strategic approach to addressing challenges on the country level. An inventory of resources should be established by the international community to aid in treatment and prevention scale up.
7. Creation of a multilateral mechanism to troubleshoot and resolve challenges on an ongoing basis.
ITPC will continue to monitor treatment scale up efforts on the national and international levels. The group plans to issue updates to its treatment report over the coming months.
The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) was born at the International Treatment Preparedness Summit that took place in Cape Town, South Africa in March 2003. That meeting brought together for the first time community-based treatment activists and educators from over 60 countries. Since the Summit, ITPC has grown to include over 600 activists from around the world and has emerged as a leading civil society coalition on treatment preparedness and access issues.