The World Health Organization has vowed to be committed to the United Nations goal of giving anti-HIV therapy to 3 million patients around the world.

UN body is unlikely to achieve the goal by the year-end deadline but vowed to continue fighting the disease by administering antiretroviral therapy to people living with HIV/ AIDS in developing countries.

WHO and UN, will jointly try to instruct as many people as possible to antiretroviral therapy, but the UN spokesman said skeptically:
"We don't think we are going to make it to 3 million by the end of 2005, but it doesn't mean we will give up the 3 million. Even if it takes a little bit longer, we are going to work harder and harder to get to the 3 million mark," he said, calling the task "the most difficult global health target in history."

In late 2003, WHO and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/ AIDS (UNAIDS) launched the so-called "3 by 5" strategy to ensure antiretroviral therapy for 3 million people living with HIV/AIDS in developing countries by the end of 2005. The therapy is said to stop a retrovirus such as the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS.

However, the latest reports from UN showed not the progress they defined and unlikely it’s not fast enough to reach the target. According to this latest report, until the end of the June 1 million people had received the treatment, falling short of the milestone of 1.6 million set in the strategy to that month.

According the UNAIDS global report, 39.4 million people were living with HIV/AIDS worldwide at the end of 2004.

Very bad situation is in the Asia-Pacific region where the number of people with HIV/AIDS could surpass that in Africa because of ineffective and low preventive measures. The only exception in this region is Thailand.

At the end of 2004 Middle and South Africa had over 25 Mio. HIV-positive, what are about two-thirds of the world's total, and Asia had 8.2 million HIV-positive patients.

The only way to bring the HIV epidemic under control could be the treatment and prevention together not separated!