Magazine article World Health Report

Message from the Director-General

Magazine article World Health Report

Message from the Director-General

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We are living in a time of unprecedented opportunities for health. In spite of many difficulties, technology has made important advances and international investment in health has at last begun to flow. Most of the increased funding is for the fight against HIV/AIDS. It brings a welcome and long overdue improvement in the prospects for controlling the worst global epidemic in several centuries. The responsibility of WHO and its partners in this effort is to ensure that the increased funding is used in such a way as to enable countries to fight HIV/AIDS and at the same time strengthen their health systems. HIV/AIDS control involves the full spectrum of economic, social and technical activities. A key role of WHO within this spectrum is to work with countries to build up the systems needed to provide treatment. Expanding the use of antiretroviral therapy will allow countries to support effective systems for delivering chronic care, thus extending their capacity to meet the long-term health needs of the population.

The initiative to make antiretroviral therapy available to 3 million people by the end of 2005 (known as "3 by 5") is aimed at accelerating this process. It provides new ways to pursue the objectives for which WHO has been working since it was founded 56 years ago. …

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