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Shortage of funds for providing AIDS drug in Africa and India

The number of people on antiretroviral therapy has doubled to 1 million worldwide and tripled in Africa and Asia. Asia and Africa are two regions which are hit greatly by AIDS. Though, there is a immense increase in antiretroviral // treatment, it is still far less than the requirement, and the WHO goal to treat 3 million people by 2005, will never happen world wide critics say.

Reports, say that only 11% of those in Africa and 14% of those in Asia have access to AIDS drugs. In India, which has more than 5 million cases of HIV/AIDS, the drugs are available to fewer than 10% of those who need it. The WHO says a shortage of trained health workers, insufficient technical support and lack of reliable funds from donor countries are making it difficult to meet the ‘3 by 5’ goal set in 2003.

Source: Nature Medicine.

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