The response to Covid-19 can learn much from how countries in southern Africa handled the HIV pandemic. A new report by UNAIDS says the coronavirus pandemic is a chance to reimagine health systems.
The lockdown has impacted on South Africa’s ARV treatment programme, delaying the South African National Aids Council national strategy. Yet, Covid-19 has also brought with it innovations in treatment and prevention for HIV, TB and STIs.
“In the face of a seemingly hopeless scientific and humanitarian challenge, scientists and activists joined together to accelerate the development of breakthrough treatment and biomedical prevention tools,” reads the 23rd International Aids Conference website.
“Communities are important – as some of great ideas might not generally come from the top, but they can come from the bottom,” says Gregorio Millett of the American Foundation for Aids Research.
The world’s largest conference on HIV opened today in a special virtual format due to COVID-19. It kicked off with a focus on the links between the two viruses, and a recognition of global debates around racism.