The Lancet Infectious Disease
Nov 2010 Volume 10 Number 11 Pages 737 – 812
Slow progress towards universal access
The Lancet Infectious Diseases
At the 2006 UN General Assembly high-level meeting on AIDS in New York, world leaders set the ambitious goal of providing universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care by 2010. The main target of this initiative was to provide 80% of people in need of antiretroviral therapy with access to appropriate treatment. Progress towards achieving this universal access target is documented in the Towards Universal Access report by UNAIDS, UNICEF, and WHO, released on Sept 28, 2010. With statistics available until the end of 2009, the report shows that, despite many successes, the goal of universal access will not be met.