Friday, August 8, 2008

[EQ] Priority interventions to reach universal access

Priority interventions HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in the health sector
WHO August 2008

Available online as PDF file [128p.] at:

XVII International AIDS Conference, 3-8 August 2008, Mexico City -(official website)

WHO launches new HIV/AIDS guide to help countries reach universal access, at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a package of priority interventions designed to help low- and middle-income countries move towards universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support.

“…. a compilation of WHO-recommended priority HIV/AIDS health-sector interventions. It includes everything from how to expand condom programming to the latest in treatment recommendations, guidelines and standards. The publication is designed to be a 'living' web-based document that will be periodically updated with new recommendations based on the rapidly evolving experience of the health-sector response..

Fact sheet
English [pdf 216kb]
French [pdf 169kb]
Spanish [pdf 166kb]

Towards universal access  - Scaling up priority HIV/AIDS interventions in the health sector
Progress report June 2008:



Press Release:

7 August 2008 -- MEXICO CITY – “……A new association which will champion the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Latin America was launched at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.

Friends of the Global Fund Latin America will be a leading advocate for programs supported by the Global Fund in Latin America. The Global Fund have until now provided anti-retroviral treatment (ARV) for 100,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and HIV tests and counseling for 4.2 million people in the region.


Friends Latin America is the latest such organization to be established since the Global Fund’s creation in 2002 and joins a network of associations around the world including the United States, Japan, Europe and Africa. None of the Friends’ organizations receives any financial support from The Global Fund.


A high priority for Friends Latin America, which will be based in Bogota, Colombia, is to encourage private sector involvement in the funding of programs supported by the Global Fund. “I want to get private sector co-investment in Global Fund programs. At the moment there is very limited private sector participation in public health in general and in AIDS programs in particular in this region,” said Wolfgang Munar, a former Colombian Deputy Health Minister and Global Fund director, who will head Friends Latin America.


Friends Latin America will also seek to help countries receiving support from the Global Fund to get the best possible results from the grants that they receive.

The Global Fund has already committed more than US$ 1 billion in grant money for programs to fight the three diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean.


About 1.7 million people were living with HIV/AIDS in the region and approximately 140,000 new HIV infections and 65,000 deaths related to HIV/AIDS were reported in 2007. Tuberculosis is also widespread with some 230,000 new cases and relapses reported in 2006. HIV/TB co-infection is the leading cause of death for people living with HIV/AIDS.

A Colombian health foundation, Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota, will provide administrative and logistical support for the Friends’ association…….”




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