SUMMARY 1: Care, Treatment and Support
|Description||A summary of the first theme of the ProCAARE structured discussions in preparation for the Chiang Mai Conference on Home and Community Care in December, 2001|
|Notes/Abstract||We have now come to the end of the first theme in our structured discussion, care, treatment and support, leading up to the Fifth International Conference on Home and Community-based Care. This theme started on 20 August 2001 and concluded on 16 September 2001.|
The discussions commenced by examining the deliberations at UNGASS in respect of care, support and treatment for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. One of the overwhelming conclusions was that prevention, care, support and treatment for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS are mutually reinforcing elements of an effective response and must be integrated in a comprehensive approach to combat the epidemic. It was noted that despite UNGASS, and the considerable momentum generated by the four previous International Conferences on Home and the Community Care (HCC) and the diverse regional meetings on HIV/AIDS, that the importance of HCC is still to be fully recognized by the international HIV/AIDS community. Translating the momentum into action remains a major challenge.
The declaration formulated at the Botswana conference was posted to the forum early in the discussion. The essence of this declaration was to ensure quality of life for all those affected and infected with HIV/AIDS, by the provision of quality, comprehensive care along the entire continuum.