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PANCAP’s Key Achievements
- Since the inception of the PANCAP in 2001, there have been notable successes as stated in the 2015 UNAIDS Global Report;
- A decline in overall regional prevalence from 2.2 % to less than 1%;
- Sharpest regional reductions in HIV incidence by 49%;
- Declining AIDS-related deaths by 52% from 24,000 deaths in 2001 to 11,000 deaths in 2012;
- Antiretroviral coverage increased to over 52% from 5% of the eligible population in 2001;
- Virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission in some countries; the region is poised to become the first region of the world to achieve elimination, with Cuba already achieving the target.
- Countries have been strengthened with improved capacity to implement prevention, treatment, and care interventions for which Member States are to be commended.
- Substantial investments have been made in strengthening health systems and in scaling up services for on-going care and support for increasing numbers of people. Consequently people with AIDS are living longer and are now being affected by non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
- Regional public goods and services delivered by support agencies have lowered transaction costs, relieving the burden on the economies of small states, and have reduced the inefficiencies inherent in individual countries by building capacity in the same areas.