23 May 2011

Fixed targets for universal access to AIDS treatment and funding to make it achievable are what HIV and AIDS organisations want from the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session due to be held in New York next month.

Due to be held in early June and attended by international policy makers and heads of state, this meeting will shape the direction of the global response to HIV and AIDS for the next decade and beyond.

The 2006 Special Session of the General Assembly (UNGASS) and subsequent creation of the Global Fund grant distribution body were instrumental in mobilising funding for the expansion of antiretroviral treatment (ART) programmes, which now reach roughly five million people...Campaigners stress that this momentum must be maintained to avoid undermining progress made so far in the fight against the disease and funding shortfalls need to be addressed...

"Increased access to ART has not only saved millions of lives, it has also cut the transmission rate," explained Mara Kardas-Nelson, an access and innovation officer with Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Read full report