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WHO still positive about

29 Jun 05

Senior figures at the World Health Organization have admitted they will probably fail to meet their target for disseminating HIV drugs.
They had hoped to get three million people onto the drugs by the end of this year.

However, they said that even if the "three by five" target is missed, it has still served as a catalyst for change.
Dr Kim Jim, head of the WHO HIV/Aids programme, said: "It is going to be extremely difficult to reach that target, but the point is that we are going to get to three million.

"The scale-up is happening in every single country in the world."
For many countries, the stumbling blocks have been lack of co-ordinated strategy to get drugs out and shortages of staff to monitor patients on the treatment.

There has also been a spiralling demand for anti-retorivirals - as more people receive these potentially life-saving drugs, more and more are coming forward for HIV testing.

With the G8 meeting in Gleneagles next week, the WHO is hoping that the $27bn pledged globally for HIV treatment will be converted into cash.

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