Thursday, June 30, 2005
HIV+? Poor? Tough
Unbelievable that so few people are receiving the HIV drugs that could help them live almost-normal lives around the world according to this New York Times story, which also quotes the WHO that some 40M people are now infected with HIV around the world (although it isn't clear how many are without access to HIV drugs):
About one million people in poor countries are receiving antiretroviral drugs, said Dr. Jim Yong Kim, director of the World Health Organization's AIDS department, meaning the program is not on track to reach the goal announced in late 2003. The agency set three million as its goal because it seemed to be a reasonable target that could inspire donors and poor countries to act quickly.
Donors have committed $27 billion over the next three years but have delivered only $9 billion, the health agencies said.