Target for universal access to HIV medicine is missed
By Jane DreaperHealth correspondent, BBC News
A new report says only a third of people worldwide who need life-saving HIV drugs are actually getting treated.
World leaders had pledged to achieve universal access to HIV medication by the end of this year - but that target won't be met.
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Asian drug users unite to form regional organization
21 October 2009
Over twenty-five drug users from nine different countries met in Bangkok on 16th and 17th October 2009 to finalize the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD) Constitution and elect a Steering Committee for the first regional network of people who use drugs. Based on the principles of Meaningful Involvement of People who Use Drugs (MIPUD), ANPUD has been setup by people who use drugs to advocate for the rights and unify the voices of their communities across Asia. ANPUD has over 150 members throughout the Asia region who are collaborating to influence decisions that affect their lives.
Despite being the region with the largest number of people using drugs in the world, access to effective services such as needle and syringe exchange programs and opioid substitution therapy to prevent HIV and hepatitis C transmission, the Asia region has the lowest coverage of harm reduction services across the globe. The lack of affordable HIV and HCV prevention, treatment, care and support services is largely driven by the stigma and discrimination associated with drug use..
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The AHRN Newsletter reaches over 3000 people and programs in 72 countries. It is now being published biannually . Featuring in-country updates, conference reports and other articles on HIV and injecting drug use in Asia, the newsletter has become a catalyst and a voice for HIV/AIDS programs across the region. We would like to see the newsletter and other AHRN resources translated into local languages. From constant feedback that we received from the readers suggest that the AHRN newsletter does act as an important vehicle for supporting HIV/AIDS initiatives in Asia.
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Waiting for a Legal Shot Description :
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