Most Countries ‘Still Lack the Will’ Necessary To Fight HIV/AIDS, Population Reference Bureau Report Says
The Population Reference Bureau, a not-for-profit group that tracks population trends, has released a new report on the HIV/AIDS epidemic's impact on human development around the world. The report states that "most countries still lack the will, commitment and the resources to create effective HIV/AIDS programs." The report, titled "Facing the HIV/AIDS Pandemic," states, "Prevention and treatment programs have been inadequate, small-scale and fragmented in most countries, particularly in less developed regions" and notes that "[w]ith few exceptions, the efforts have failed to slow the spread of the virus or to reduce the damaging effects of the pandemic." According to the report, which was prepared by Peter Lamptey and Merywen Wigley of Family Health International and Dana Carr and Yvette Collymore of PRB, sub-Saharan Africa remains the worst-affected region, but the Caribbean and Southern Asia are also facing serious epidemics (PRB release, 9/26). The report will be available online by the end of the month.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.