GLOBAL: Value for money central to achieving universal access

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NAIROBI, 28 September 2010 (PlusNews) – A global shortage of funds for the fight against HIV means universal access to prevention, treatment and care is unlikely unless HIV programmes get better value for their investments, says a new report by UNAIDS, the UN Children’s Fund and the UN World Health Organization.

There is a need “to enhance the impact of current investments by improving the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of programs, strengthening linkages between programs, and building systems for a sustainable response,” say the authors of Towards Universal Access.

UNAIDS has noted that up to 80 percent of treatment costs are spent on getting medication to patients and keeping them on it.

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