Antiretroviral treatment scale up in Uganda

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The 3 by 5 Initiative, spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS, sets a global target of providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) to three million people living with HIV in low and middle income countries by the end of 2005. An estimated five to six million people in such countries will die in the next two years if they do not receive antiretroviral therapy.

Uganda has implemented a national plan to increase access to treatment. In June 2004, the country’s Minister of Health, Jim Muhwezi, announced that all people living with HIV in Uganda would, in due course, be given antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). In 2004, Uganda has given AIDS treatment to some 35 000 people needing it in the country.

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AIDS clinics in Kampala and Hoima, Uganda, Filming of June 2004