In-depth: Countdown to Universal Access

Will countries meet their targets?

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Is universal access the responsibility of government rather than donors?

No cash no universal access

As donors tighten their belts in the global recession, health experts in Uganda worry that the national antiretroviral (ARV) programme, which is almost entirely dependent on foreign aid, will be unable to keep providing the life-prolonging drugs. full report


AFRICA: The universal access hit parade

JOHANNESBURG, 30 November 2009 (PlusNews) - The theme for World AIDS Day 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights', and the efforts of the continent's developing countries to reach some of the key indicators of universal access are under closer scrutiny than ever. Will they do it? full report

NAMIBIA: A long walk to universal access

WINDHOEK, 30 October 2009 (PlusNews) - In Onamutenya village, northern Namibia, the Shigwedha household leaves their homestead at the crack of dawn to make the monthly four-hour walk to fetch antiretroviral (ARV) medication from the local clinic. full report

TANZANIA: Low uptake of ARVs hampering universal access

DAR ES SALAAM, 27 October 2009 (PlusNews) - HIV-positive Tanzanians are not taking advantage of the availability of life-prolonging anti-retroviral medication in hospitals around the country, says a senior government official. full report

GLOBAL: Inching towards universal access to PMTCT services

NAIROBI, 1 October 2009 (PlusNews) - More than half of HIV-positive pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries continue to go without life-saving anti-retroviral medication that could prevent transmission of the virus to their unborn children, according to a new report, Towards Universal Access. full report

GLOBAL: The bumpy road to universal ARV access

JOHANNESBURG, 30 September 2009 (PlusNews) - More than four million people globally are now on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment - a 10-fold jump in five years - but this is still less than half the people living with HIV who need it. full report

SWAZILAND: No easy fixes for world's highest infection rate

MBABANE, 15 September 2009 (PlusNews) - Average life expectancy in Swaziland has plummeted from around 60 years in the 1990s to just over 30 years today. Few would deny that HIV/AIDS is largely to blame, but the reasons why the epidemic has devastated this tiny, southern African country more than any other are less clear. full report

RWANDA: On course to achieve treatment-access targets

KIGALI, 14 August 2009 (PlusNews) - The tiny nation of Rwanda has emerged as the unlikely star of central Africa in making progress towards achieving universal access to HIV treatment, prevention and care. full report

ETHIOPIA: Government empowers nurses to boost ARV treatment

ADDIS ABABA, 7 August 2009 (PlusNews) - Simay Muluneh, 32, who lives in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, will always wonder what might have been. Her husband died of AIDS-related complications 10 years ago, but a year after his death discovered that she, too, was HIV-positive after applying for a visa to work in Lebanon. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: No simple formula for universal access

JOHANNESBURG, 3 August 2009 (PlusNews) - Nowhere is the goal of universal access to prevention, treatment and care more daunting than in South Africa, where an estimated 5.5 million people are living with HIV - the largest burden in the world. full report

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Universal access - the race is on!

DURBAN, 3 April 2009 (PlusNews) - The race is on for countries in Southern Africa to meet their targets of providing universal access to care, treatment and prevention by 2010. But will they make it? full report

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Universal Access by 2010

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