World Health Professions Alliance
Resolution on HIV/AIDS
Geneva, Switzerland, 16 May 2004
- the current HIV/AIDS pandemic presents an extraordinary health, human
rights and humanitarian crisis;
- especially women and children are affected;
- focused prevention programs can significantly reduce new infections;
- treatment options allow HIV positive persons to lead a quality life;
- without the appropriate prevention and treatment this crisis will worsen
to a level where some countries’ populations may be decimated and their
futures destroyed; and
That countries at the heart of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, provided they are supported
with the necessary financial and human resources, can rise to the challenge.
Therefore we, as leaders of the medical, nursing and pharmacy professions,
call on all national governments, intergovernmental agencies and health professionals
to recognise the scale of the tragedy, to stop procrastinating and to commit,
immediately, the necessary funds and resources against HIV/AIDS.
As health professional leaders we give our full commitment to
this cause and call on all physicians, nurses and pharmacists to act as
strong advocates and social leaders in the war against HIV/AIDS.’
- The International Council of Nurses
(ICN) is a federation of 129 national nurses' associations representing
the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses for nurses
since 1899, ICN is the international voice of nursing and works to ensure
quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
- The International Pharmaceutical Federation
(FIP) is the global federation of the national organisations
of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Pharmacists are health
professionals dedicated to improving the access to and value of appropriate
- The World Dental Federation (FDI) is
the authoritative, worldwide voice of dentistry with more than 150 member
associations in 134 countries around the world, representing more than
900,000 dentists internationally.
- The World Medical Association (WMA) is
the global federation of national medical associations, representing the
millions of physicians worldwide. Acting on behalf of physicians
and patients, the WMA endeavours to achieve the highest possible standards
of medical science, education, ethics and health care for all people.
further information contact Linda Carrier-Walker Tel : +41 22 908
fax : +41 22 908 0101; email:
Web site www.icn.ch