Leveraging the HIV Response for Stronger Health Systems and Pandemic Preparedness

by Chris Beyrer, Mike Isbell, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Allan Maleche, Jirair Ratevosian, Annette Sohn, Chris Collins, Friends of the Global Fight

Through interviews in six countries – Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam — Friends of the Global Fight examines how the HIV response contributed to country responses to COVID-19 and broader health systems. 

The issue brief proposes that the HIV response offers a critical pathway towards robust, resilient, rights-based and people-centered health systems.  The HIV response provides opportunities for pursuing ambitious disease-specific targets while advancing progress on broader health goals.  The issue brief offers several recommendations for policy makers. 

  • Global
  • Capacity building
  • Care and support
  • Research
  • Testing and counselling
  • Health care professionals
  • NGOs

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