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The World Banks Global Hiv/Aids Program of Action

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Title: The World Banks Global Hiv/Aids Program of Action  
Author: The World Bank
Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank


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The world has been fighting the relentless march of HIV/AIDS for two decades now. While there have been significant victories in Brazil,Thailand, and Uganda in turning back the disease, it continues to infect more people every day, and further strain the ability of governments to care for, and treat, the millions already suffering from its debilitating effects.Today there are more than 40 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS. Over 15 million children?more than the total number of children in France or Germany or the United Kingdom?are orphans, their parents taken from them at the most vulnerable point in their young lives. Global efforts to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS face a mixture of long-standing, as well as newly emerging challenges in developing and implementing sound strategies to fight the disease. Even though HIV/AIDS is a household word everywhere, discrimination, denial, and silence persist. I will never forget the woman in Nigeria who told me ?the stigma killed me before the disease.? She described how she lost her job, her family, her home and her will to live after contracting HIV/AIDS from her husband. Fortunately, she regained her will to live from a remarkable support group for similar victims of the disease. But it is important that she receives the treatment she needs to sustain life itself. And AIDS is not just an African epidemic. I heard similar heartrending stories in China and India. Indeed, throughout the developing world, the combination of AIDS and extreme poverty compounds the tragedy. The international ?3 by 5? target to provide treatment to three million people in developing countries by 2005 has sparked momentum across the world to fight HIV/AIDS. But there is still a long road ahead. Today, about one million people in low- and middle-income countries are receiving treatment?more than double the number since the end of 2003?but it is still far short of the target and far short of the need.With increasing numbers of people on treatment, AIDS is becoming a chronic disease, requiring long-term solutions and sustained financing. It is also placing an additional burden on the ability of health systems to deliver the required services. But there is renewed hope as the world?s response to the epidemic enters a new phase. We can see an unprecedented outpouring of resources, significant advances in the costs and science of treatment, and more effective ?tried and true? lessons in prevention and treatment. AIDS is now acknowledged as a central long-term development issue backed by growing political commitment. It is an opportune time to take stock, and do some careful strategic thinking? with our key partners and stakeholders? on the future direction of the Bank?s work on AIDS.


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