Towards health for all
The global HIV/AIDS treatment gap reflects wider patterns of inequality in health and is a test of the international community’s commitment to tackle these inequalities. Beyond working to save millions of lives under immediate threat, WHO and its partners are confronting a broad range of health problems that afflict poor communities and keep them poor, viewing HIV/AIDS treatment expansion and the Millennium Development Goals as steps on the road to Health for All.
The treatment initiative will not end in 2005. Ahead lie the challenges of extending treatment to many more millions of people and maintaining it for the rest of their lives, while simultaneously building and sustaining the health infrastructures to make that huge task possible. The ultimate aim is nothing less than to reduce health inequalities by building up effective, equitable health systems for all.