GENEVA/NEW YORK , 22 April 2002 - A new joint report by UNAIDS, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) released today says that with the right intervention at the right time AIDS, TB and Malaria can be prevented and treated.
Crucially the agencies report that many of the interventions are not expensive and the prices of others are rapidly falling. The main challenge is to take these interventions to a global scale.
The report is released as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria meets in New York. It takes stock of what progress has been made in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria and the challenges the world now faces in tackling them. The report draws on experience from a number of countries.
"A worldwide consensus has emerged to respond to AIDS, TB and malaria," the report says. The momentum of political will arises at the same time as evidence has built a technical consensus supporting a set of tools that are effective against these diseases. Targets have been set. Monitoring systems are being strengthened to identify progress and warn of failures.
"These three diseases hit children the hardest," said Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF. "We know what to do to overcome them. What we need now is the leadership and resources to reach out to all children."
"Any effective effort to reduce the burden of disease faced by the world's poorest people must concentrate on AIDS, TB and malaria," says Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of WHO. "We know this will not only save millions of lives - it will contribute to economic development and poverty reduction."
"The scale of devastation caused by HIV/AIDS is unmatched," says Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS. "But I believe even the world's poorest countries are on the brink of making substantial progress with quality treatment and effective prevention programmes - and it is up to the international community to redouble our support for their efforts."
"Coordinates 2002," is the first consolidated view of the extent of the three diseases, how they interact to worsen their impact and the effectiveness of current response efforts.
Among the main points of the report are:
Current resources of the Global Fund Against AIDS, TB and Malaria make up 11 per cent of total needs.
For more information, contact:
Mohammad Jalloh, Communication Officer, UNICEF, New York. Tel. (212) 326 7516, email@example.com
Iain Simpson, Communications Officer, Communicable Diseases Programme, WHO, Geneva.
Tel. (+41 22) 791 3215; Fax (+41 22) 791 4821;
Richard Thompson, Communications Officer,
Communicable Diseases Programme, WHO, Geneva.
Tel. (+41 22) 791 2684;
Fax (+41 22) 791 4821;