INTERNATIONAL TREATMENT PREPAREDNESS COALITION (ITPC)
“The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) is a worldwide coalition of people living with HIV/AIDS and their advocates. The ITPC advocates for universal and free access to treatment for AIDS for all HIV+ people and greater input from HIV+ people in decisions that affect their lives.” (HIV Collaborative Fund Website, http://www.hivcollaborativefund.org/index.php?id=117, accessed on 3 July 2008)
ITPC “was born out of the International Treatment Preparedness Summit that took place in Cape Town, South Africa in March 2003. That meeting brought together for the first time community-based HIV treatment activists and educators from over 60 countries. Since the Summit, ITPC has grown to include more than 1,000 activists from over 125 countries and has emerged as a leading civil society coalition on treatment preparedness and access issues.“ (ITCP Report, December 2007, http://www.aidstreatmentaccess.org/itpc5th.pdf, accessed on 3 July 2008)
Governments; WHO; UNAIDS; UN technical agencies; Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; large pharmaceutical manufacturers; PEPFAR (US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief); UNITAID; other public and private bodies that influence the progress of the establishment, scale-up and sustainability of HIV/AIDS treatment programmes.
ITPC strategies are aimed to “establish and strengthen: local and regional efforts to educate communities about treatment and mobilize them to demand access to these drugs; and local, regional and international efforts to secure the commitment and policy changes needed from governments, multilateral institutions and the private sector to expedite access to treatment for HIV/AIDS.” (HIV Collaborative Fund Website, http://www.hivcollaborativefund.org/index.php?id=117, accessed on 3 July 2008)
Among the donors of HIV Collaborative Fund’s activities are: World Health Organization, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Steven Lewis Foundation, Johnson and Johnson, Ford Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation (ibid).
Other donors of ITPC’s projects: Open Society Institute, Aids Fonds, UK Department for International Development (DFID), John M. Lloyd Foundation (see ITPC Reports).
Scope of Reporting:
Geographic focus: Argentina, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, India, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Thematic focus: HIV/AIDS treatment; AIDS service delivery in the most affected countries; HIV prevention; TB services; support services; access to health care and drugs; factors that impede or limit access to appropriate health treatment (such as low salaries, inadequate training, lack of nutritional resources, poorly supported public hospitals, limited access to specialised care and to diagnostic tests, stigma and discrimination, poor nutrition, long travel times to clinics, political and economic turmoil).
The ITPC series of reports on the availability of AIDS treatment called “Missing the Target“ are part of the Treatment Monitoring and Advocacy Project (TMAP) of The Tides Center (see ITPC Reports).
The reports are prepared by research teams’ members who monitor and report on the situation in the respective country. The information is gathered from various sources, such as Médecins Sans Frontières, Pan American Health Organization, etc, as well as by conducting field research in a particular country. The authors interview a variety of people, including doctors, PLWHA, counsellors, government officials, NGO staff and representatives of international agencies; they also visit local clinics and hospitals (see ITPC Reports).
The first “Missing the Target” report was published in November 2005, at least once a year a new report was released. The fifth report was published in December 2007.
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