This ITPC film looks back at how we started, what’s changed and why community activism is still needed now more than ever.
The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) was born in 2003 when a group of 125 treatment activists from around the world, including 65 countries of the Global South, gathered in Cape Town, South Africa to demand a rapid and community-driven increase in access to HIV treatment for the millions in need.
The goal of the four-day meeting was to identify ways to strengthen regional treatment education and advocacy efforts to pave the way for the realization of then-newly introduced “3 by 5” Initiative. Fifteen years later, ITPC continues to believe that investing in communities is vital to expand access to quality HIV treatment globally.
Despite real progress, countries and communities still lack access to optimal treatment, due to social and economic barriers among other reasons. The implementation of the 2013 WHO Guidelines has not been simple, and we are a long way from UNAIDS 90-90-90 objectives if current trends persist.
In 2018, ITPC celebrates the 15-year anniversary of the International Treatment Preparedness Summit (ITPS). On the cusp of this anniversary, we at ITPC want to seize this moment – both to recognize how far we have come and – most importantly – to create a vision for the work still left to do in the HIV movement.
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