oa SAHARA : Journal of Social Aspects of HIV / AIDS Research Alliance - Health social science support will enhance the effectiveness of WHO / UNAIDS' 3by5 Initiative : letter to the editor

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1729-0376
  • E-ISSN: 1813-4424



In sub-Saharan Africa and Asia treatment with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) of many people living with AIDS (PLWA) is planned to be the reality in the coming years, as part of the WHO/UNAIDS' '3by5' Initiative (WHO/UNAIDS, 2003). Tailoring 3by5 strategy to local social and cultural conditions is important, in order to enhance its effectiveness and sustainability. Insights from health social science - medical anthropology and medical sociology - will be particularly useful in this respect. Moreover, at an early stage the 3by5 strategy can show unrealistic assumptions that may thwart the implementation process.

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