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Global update on the health sector response to HIV, 2014

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World Health Organisation
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Geneva:WHO, 2014

The global health sector strategy on HIV/AIDS 2011–2015 was developed to guide the expansion of the global HIV response beyond the HIV-specific programmes of the past, by strategically positioning HIV issues within a rapidly changing health and development agenda.

This report reviews progress in the health sector response along each of the strategy’s four strategic directions and discusses the opportunities for overcoming the remaining challenges to achieve universal access to effective HIV interventions and for contributing to the broader goal of universal health coverage. At a time when the post-2015 agenda is being conceptualized and negotiated, the report also contributes to the global dialogue on the future directions of the HIV response.

As this report shows, substantial progress has been made in the past few years, especially in areas in which clear service delivery targets have been set – such as HIV treatment, preventing the mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and preventing and treating TB and HIV infection. But the report also highlights the current unevenness of the HIV response – across countries, communities, populations and interventions – and it identifies areas in which progress has been slow and the 2015 targets appear to be out of reach.