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WHO admits its target on AIDS drugs may be unrealistic

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7449.1151 (Published 13 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1151
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    More donor funds than ever before—at least $20.5bn (£11.5bn;€17.3bn)—are available for AIDS relief in the world's poorest countries, but a huge concerted effort will be needed to get antiretroviral drugs to millions of people who need them before it is too late, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday in its annual report.

    In its World Health Report 2004, WHO said that AIDS was the leading single cause of death among adults aged 15 to 59 around the world and that in 2003, three million people died of AIDS related diseases and five million became infected with HIV.

    WHO said funds were sufficient to cover the $5.5bn needed to achieve its stated goal of getting antiretroviral drugs to three million people with HIV in poor …

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