|Update on Country Activities, Presented at the First Meeting of the Contact Group (UNAIDS, 2000, 61 p.)|
Access to HIV-Related Drugs
· Rational selection and use
- e.g. through treatment guidelines based on evidence on drug efficacy, safety, quality, cost
· Affordable prices
- Information - competition - negotiation - reduction of duties, taxes, and distribution costs
· Sustainable financing
- Additional - not from prevention
· Reliable health and supply systems
- E.g through improved distribution systems for drugs, accreditation of health facilities, and quality assurance
The plan would indicate which approaches the government would use to make drugs more affordable,
1. How their rational use will be supported, e.g. through training of health care workers, and the creation of an enabling environment that maximises adherence to therapy,
2. How the health system and the purchase of drugs will be financed, and
3. And how the health system would be strengthened to deliver services of an increased complexity to more clients.
These areas are also part of the UN strategy on access to drugs, described in one of your background papers.