The beginning of the end?

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The world is off-track for achieving the beginning of the end of AIDS by 2015

There has been mixed progress to date on the three key disease-specific targets tracked in this report: the virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission; 15 million people on treatment and a reduction in new adult and adolescent HIV infections – all by 2015.

Significant progress has been made on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, with growing political momentum coalescing around a Global Plan that focuses on 22 high-burden countries. Nearly all of these countries have now developed costed elimination plans, but a significant scale-up of service delivery is necessary in order to increase the rate of progress to reach the virtual elimination target. Access to treatment is the biggest success story, with the global community having achieved unprecedented rates of scale-up, led by investments made through the US PEPFAR programme and the Global Fund. If current rates

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