This fact sheet provides key information on the ‘3 by 5’ initiative, a plan released by WHO and UNAIDS in late 2003 which intends to provide antiretroviral treatment to three million people living with AIDS in developing countries by the end of 2005. Key efforts within ‘3 by 5’ include:
revised, simplified and standardised guidelines on the application of antiretroviral therapy in resource-constrained settings
support for the purchasing, financing and supplying of HIV drugs and diagnostics through an AIDS medicines and diagnostics service
standardised monitoring and evaluation tools as well as training packages for professional and lay health workers on antiretroviral treatment
initiatives to build the capacity of communities and community-based organisations, including people living with HIV/AIDS, to participate fully in the delivery of antiretroviral treatment services
The ‘3 by 5’ initiative specifically intends to develop principles and mechanisms to promote and provide equitable access of antiretroviral treatment and care services to women, girls and children including marginalised groups of people living with HIV and AIDS.