October 22, 2004
Oct 22

Press Release: Foundation Partnership with World Health Organization

New York
Press Release

Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative and World Health Organization partner to Help Scale-Up Developing Country HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs.

The Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that they have agreed to jointly provide technical assistance on scaling up national HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs to developing country Member States of WHO.

Under the partnership CHAI and WHO will collaborate to assist countries with developing comprehensive care and treatment plans and strengthening existing country systems for procurement and supply management. By working together on the provision of technical assistance, CHAI and WHO will help harmonize treatment guidelines, monitoring and evaluation standards, and safe, reliable and efficient procurement processes across countries.

"We welcome the collaboration as it increases the options WHO can offer to its member states to secure access to much needed diagnostics and anti retrovirals for HIV/AIDS patients," said Dr Jim Kim, Director, Department of HIV/AIDS.

The agreement will also help accelerate the pace at which countries receiving funds from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the World Bank can access CHAI-brokered agreements for reduced prices. The prices, which CHAI negotiated in October 2003 and January 2004, cover medicines that are critical components of the four regimens recommended by WHO as first-line treatment for AIDS in its 3 by 5 Initiative. The 3 by 5 Initiative aims to work with countries and partners to provide ARV treatment to three million people by 2005.

"Because CHAI is a leader in negotiating breakthrough pricing for HIV/AIDS medicines and diagnostics, and WHO is the leading global authority in public health, our collaboration will significantly advance the goal of providing antiretroviral treatment to three million people by 2005," said Ira Magaziner, Chairman of the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative.

A similar agreement was announced in April of this year between the Global Fund, World Bank, UNICEF and the Clinton Foundation. These agreements are consistent with existing policies of the international organizations.

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The World Health Organization aims to help people attain the highest possible level of health by providing leadership on normative issues and technical assistance to its 192 Member States. Health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. In 2003, WHO joined UNAIDS in declaring the lack of HIV/AIDS treatment to be a global public health emergency and jointly launched the "3 by 5" initiative to get 3 million people on treatment by 2005. The goal is universal access. To help countries achieve this goal, WHO provides normative guidance and direct technical support in country. www.who.int.