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Ministry of Public Health, Thailand and the World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia
External Review of the Health Sector Response to HIV/AIDS in Thailand
World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia & Ministry of Public Health, Government of Thailand, New Delhi, 7-19 August, 2005, 68 pp
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"From 7 to 19 August, 2005, an International Review Team commissioned jointly by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) of the Royal Thai Government and the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted an assessment of the performances of the national health sector response to human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Thailand. The team found that one of the important features of the response was its success in scaling up initial projects which were geographically limited and narrowly-focused to the level of national initiatives. These initiatives benefited from strong political commitment, dynamic management, dedicated human resources, multiple alliances between formal and nonformal sectors, significant funding and prominent leadership provided by an ever-growing number of diverse nongovernmental and community-based organizations. Building on an initial emphasis on prevention, access to antiretroviral therapy is now expanding with great rapidity. The team concluded that the national goal of treating 80,000 persons by the end of 2005 was achievable." "The International Review Team presented a series of findings and recommendations as well as specific suggestions for further consideration and action to the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand. These were divided into five major programme areas: (1) status and trends of the HIV and related epidemics; (2) policy, structures and programmes; (3) prevention; (4) care and treatment; and (5) monitoring and evaluation (M&E)."

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