Johannesburg: ActionAid International, 2007. 64 p.
In 2005, a quarter of a century into the pandemic, governments seemed on the verge of concerted action to end AIDS, as they finally promised to strive towards universal access to prevention, treatment and care by 2010. However, two years later there is still no financing plan to achieve universal access; clinics and hospitals are still starved of nurses and supplies; 90% of children in need are still not getting social support and the cost of much needed new drugs and diagnostics is unaffordable. As a result, 8000 people continue to die of AIDS each and every day.Most concerning is the persistent and widespread denial of human rights, particularly those of women, people living with HIV and AIDS and vulnerable groups. This undermines treatment and prevention efforts and fuels the epidemic further. The increasing feminisation of HIV and AIDS is testament to this. The road towards Universal Access relies on the empowerment, involvement and the explicit promotion, protection and fulfilment of the human rights of women and girls, people living with HIV and AIDS and vulnerable groups, including sex workers, men who have sex with men and injecting drug users.This paper does not intend to be an exhaustive analysis of all the barriers to universal access, but a tool to identify and call for the implementation of key political measures that, ActionAid believes, should be prioritised if we are to reverse the AIDS pandemic and achieve the goal to universal access by 2010.
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