A report released
Wednesday by the World Health Organization and the
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS says WHO will not
meet its goal of having 3 million HIV-positive people
in developing countries on antiretroviral therapy by
the end of 2005. About 1 million people are currently
receiving antiretroviral drugs through WHO's advocacy
program, according to the report.
WHO says hurdles
to reaching the program's target goal include a lack
of coordinated strategy to deliver anti-HIV drugs in
areas with poor health care infrastructures, a lack of
staff to monitor HIV patients in poor nations, and an
increasing demand for antiretroviral drugs as more people
worldwide are screened for HIV and more infections are
identified. Randall Tobias, head of the U.S. State
Department Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator,
adds that wealthy nations simply haven't
contributed enough money to fully fund the "3 x
5" HIV treatment program.
to meet its overall goal, WHO says the "3 x 5"
program has resulted in scaled-up treatment programs
throughout the world, and notes that it will
eventually reach the 3 million enrollment mark, just
not by the end of this year. "It is going to be
extremely difficult to reach that target, but the
point is that we are going to get to 3 million," WHO
HIV program director Jim Kim told BBC News.