Stepping back from the edge : the pursuit of antiretroviral therapy in Botswana, South Africa and Uganda
In 2003, UNAIDS is boosting its efforts to secure universal and equal access to antiretroviral treatment, with one of its nine cosponsoring organizations—the World Health Organization—taking a leading role. The campaign has adopted the goal of having 3 million people on treatment by 2005 as a fi rst step. This document spells out what it will take to achieve universal access to HIV treatment: vision, activism and risk-taking. The examples show communities and valiant individuals in action, overcoming the barrier of grossly inadequate resources to become models of effective activism. The challenges remain enormous, but with global will, combined with national and community action, the 'impossible' is being put within reach.