The World Health Organization’s 57th annual assembly adopted a resolution on HIV/AIDS on Saturday to support developing countries to fight the disease which is now the leading cause of death for young adults worldwide.
The World Health Organization’s 57th annual assembly adopted a resolution on HIV/AIDS on Saturday to support developing countries to fight the disease which is now the leading cause of death for young adults worldwide. The assembly welcomed WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook’s “3 by 5 strategy” to support developing countries in their response to HIV/AIDS by increasing access to prevention, care and treatmentand securing access to antiretroviral treatment for 3 million people living with HIV/AIDS by the end of 2005. The assembly confirmed WHO’s leading role in supporting countries in delivering prevention, care, support and treatment for HIV/AIDS within strengthened national health systems. WHO’s 192 member states urged the Director-General to improve the access of developing countries to antiretroviral medicines and other products used in the diagnosis, treatment and care of HIV/AIDS, including by strengthening the WHO pre-qualification project. According to the resolution, WHO should also help countries strengthen their supply chain management and procurement of good quality products. The resolution also encouraged countries entering into bilateral trade agreements to take into account the flexibility relating to public health as laid down in Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) of the World Trade Organization and the Doha Ministerial Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health.(Source: Xinhuanet, May 2004)