Expanding access to HIV/AIDS treatment: a strategic framework for action at country level
AbstractDescription: For the vast majority of people living with HIV/AIDS in resource poor countries antiretroviral treatment (ART) has remained largely inaccessible. A well designed strategy and plan for scale up of ART without compromising on the basic prevention strategies is of critical importance. This document outlines a strategic framework within which the ART programme can be implemented in the South-East Asia Region. It underscores the important need to strengthen the capacities of health systems to identify individuals who need therapy, facilitate their entry into the ART programme, provide an uninterrupted supply of antiretroviral drugs and diagnostics and ensure treatment adherence. It also reiterates the need to collaborate with a number of partners from both the public and private sectors and especially with people living with HIV/AIDS who can play a critical role in advocacy, in reducing stigma and discrimination and in educating communities to come forward for HIV testing.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2004). Expanding access to HIV/AIDS treatment: a strategic framework for action at country level. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205036