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New 'From-the-Ground' Report Reformulates Simplistic Argument About HIV/ AIDS and Health Care Systems in a Fundamental Way
Date:7/29/2008

Dr. Jim Kim of Harvard School of Public Health joins International Treatment Preparedness Coalition to release new report and call for broad, systematic approach to HIV/AIDS and health care scale up

NEW YORK and HARARE, Zimbabwe and BOSTON and SAO PAULO, Brazil, July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), a group of 1,000+ treatment advocates from more than 125 countries, issued its sixth report on delivery of AIDS treatment today. Missing the Target #6: The HIV/AIDS Response and Health Systems: Building on success to achieve health care for all is available at http://www.aidstreatmentaccess.org.

The new report, launched during a teleconference with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights (FXB) at Harvard University and advocates from around the world, provides some of the first from-the-ground research to inform the debate on HIV treatment scale up and its interaction with health systems. It includes reports from six countries: Argentina, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Kim praised the report and noted that it is both welcome and timely to set the stage for the next phase of research and investigation for AIDS services and health care systems scale up in developing countries.

"The report shows that each country situation is complex. Every country has made thousands of decisions, good and bad. What we are seeing now is that funding for HIV is, for the first time in history, directed at chronic care for a chronic condition. We have the opportunity to think hard about what it will take to keep a large population of people healthy over their entire lives. What we know is that it takes more than just antiretrovirals. This report takes us to the point of reformulating in a fundamental way the argument over HIV and health systems," Dr. Kim sa
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