AIDS Programs & Health Systems–An Account from the Ground

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From antiretroviral drugs to bicycles, one program in Zambia is redefining the notion of integrated health services and care.

The Global Health Council’s Vince Blaser blogged about the program, called RAPIDS, or Reaching HIV and AIDS Affected People with Integrated Development and Support, here.

The program’s main focus in HIV prevention and treatment, but implementers have added a range of additional services–from malaria prevention to food security. And then there are the bikes–offered to caregivers to help them “cover greater distances, use it for personal or economic reasons and transport community members to local clinics,” as Blaser writes. 

This seems like just the kind of innovative program information we’re looking for as we gather hard data and interesting anedcotes about the impact of PEPFAR and other global AIDS programs on developing country health systems for a special report on this topic.  Please feel free to share any similar info or stories!

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