The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) is a global movement of people living with HIV, treatment activists and their supporters dedicated to treatment access for all in need. The ITPC is an open and flexible coalition that works with nine regional ITPC networks, strategic partners, researchers, activists and community organizations around the world to respond to treatment issues.
The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) was formed at the International Treatment Preparedness Summit held in 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. At the Summit, 125 activists from 67 countries gathered to discuss how to expedite access to treatment to the millions of people living with HIV in the global South. Participants advocated for a drastic reduction in prices of expensive drugs, and to allow the manufacture and importation of cheap generic copies of medication. At the time less than 500,000 people had access to antiretroviral treatment given that it cost more than $10,000 per person per year.
MISSION, VISION, VALUES
To enable people in need to access optimal HIV treatment.
Longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives for people living with HIV, their families and their communities.
ITPC’s work is guided by the understanding that access to HIV treatment is a human right. The work as HIV advocates and activists embraces ‘health’ as defined by WHO which, in the HIV context, encompasses: 1) sustainable access to treatment and heath care, food and clean water, adequate housing, employment, harm reduction services that include substitution therapy and clean syringes for drug users, and sexual and reproductive health services; and 2) freedom from discrimination and stigma that results in inequities based on gender or sexual orientation, behavior, type of work and socio-economic status.
Communities at the center of the response – Individuals, families and societies best know their own needs and how to address them. ITPC believes that supporting the contribution of communities at all levels of the HIV response is essential, and work to ensure meaningful participation across the organization.
Equity in treatment access – It is unjust for optimal treatment to be only accessible for certain communities and not others. All people living with, and at high risk of contracting HIV, have a right to access treatment, including children and those who are often marginalized or disenfranchised in society. This includes (but is not limited to) key populations, such as sex workers, LGBTI people, people who use drugs, young women and girls, migrants, adolescents and young people, and prisoners. The approach to treatment is to enable access for all who need it.
Global solidarity – As a movement comprised of treatment activists, achieving access to treatment in one community is not sufficient if people in another are in need. The challenges posed by HIV are often local, and they have learned over the past 30 years that global solutions that reflect collective voices are necessary to halt HIV.
Transparency – As an organization, ITPC is committed to sharing information about the programs, operations and finances publicly so that everyone can understand the work and how to collaborate with ITPC.
Accountability – ITPC strives to be accountable to the members of the coalition – people living with and affected by HIV worldwide.
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