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UN Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, 2008

Published July 29, 2008

This UN Programme on HIV/AIDS report is published every two years. The executive summary states,

"The 2008 Report on the global AIDS epidemic emerges at the halfway mark between the 2001
Declaration of Commitment and the 2015 target of the Millennium Development Goals to reverse the epidemic by 2015. The launch of this latest report also occurs only two years before the agreed target date for moving as close as possible towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support. The current juncture provides an opportunity to assess the HIV response and to understand what must be done to ensure that nations are on course to achieve the HIV commitments they have made.

The report documents considerable progress in many countries in addressing their national epidemics. A six fold increase in financing for HIV programmes in low- and middle-income countries 2001–2007 is beginning to bear fruit, as gains in lowering the number of AIDS deaths and preventing new infections are apparent in many countries. Progress remains uneven, however, and the epidemic’s future is still uncertain, underscoring the need for intensified action to move towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. Reports by 147 countries on national progress in implementing the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS provide the most comprehensive global assessment ever undertaken of the HIV response. As Figure 1 illustrates, the number of countries reporting on progress in the HIV response in 2008 is significantly higher than in previous reporting rounds."

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