Progress report on the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, 2003 (Follow-up to the 2001 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS)

Progress report on the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, 2003 (Follow-up to the 2001 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS)

Mathan, V I

Progress report on the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, 2003 (Follow-up to the 2001 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS) Geneva, UNAIDS 2003. 102 pages. ISBN 92-9173-288-5

UNAIDS has published the first report compiling country-specific reports on the actions taken to followup the resolution adopted at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2001.

The report is organized in five chapters. The first chapter assesses indicators of global commitment and action indicators. This is followed by assessing national commitment and action indicators for which an AIDS Programme Effort Index has been developed. A set of National Programme and Behaviour Indicators forms the third chapter which is followed by National Impact Indicators. This is followed by a chapter on challenges ahead in achieving the targets and a set of conclusions and recommendations. Annexes with detailed tables set out country-specific data on all the above parameters.

There is no doubt that the degree of political commitment to tackle the epidemic has increased since the UN General Assembly declaration. However, an examination of the tables shows that in the countries at highest risk there is much that still needs to be done. It may be reasonable to assume that many countries (83 of 189) do not consider this a priority or could not report any action. The adequacy of the response appears to be directly related to the economic status of the country or the amount of economic assistance targeted to them.

India does not figure in several of the tables (e.g., Annexes 3.4,5,8,9,10,15,16 and 17) probably because data are not available. Even where India is listed, the performance is not among the best. We are still in a window of opportunity and the findings of this report should be taken as a challenge to improve our actions to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Copyright Indian Council of Medical Research Dec 2004

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