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UNAIDS - Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
Guidance on Ethics and Equitable Access to HIV Treatment and Care
WHO - World Health Organization
WHO - World Health Organization, Geneva, 2004, 57 pp
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Reproduced with WHO's kind permission.


"The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for government officials, programme managers at various levels, community-based and nongovernmental organizations, groups of people living with HIV, international organizations, and donor agencies. For all, the central issue is how to achieve progressive realization of the human right to treatment in a manner that respects ethical principles both in substance and process and hence meets the legitimate expectations within each country and proves durable over time. This document is intended to raise awareness of the ethical issues and to help with the planning and implementation of the scale-up of ART and other HIV-related treatment and care programmes in an equitable fashion. It focuses on the issue of access to ART and leaves other ethical issues in providing care for people living with HIV/AIDS, such as informed consent, confi dentiality, controlled clinical trials and trade barriers, to other guidance documents."

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  • WHO - World Health Organization, Treating 3 million by 2005. Making it happen: the WHO Strategy. The WHO and UNAIDS global intitiative to provide antiretroviral therapy to 3 million people with HIV/AIDS in developing countries by the end of 2005, World Health Organization, Geneva, 2003, 60 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]


  • WHO - World Health Organization, Consultation on Ethics and Equitable Access to Treatment and Care for HIV/AIDS, Summary of issues and discussion 26-27 January 2004, UNAIDS - Joint United Nations Program, Geneva, 2004, 33 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]