Preserving 2 decades of healthcare gains for Africa in the coronavirus disease 2019 era

Sonak D. Pastakia, Paula Braitstein, Omar Galárraga, Becky Genberg, Jamil Said, Rajesh Vedanthan, Juddy Wachira, Joseph W. Hogan

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: As coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) restrictions upend the community bonds that have enabled African communities to thrive in the face of numerous challenges, it is vital that the gains made in community-based healthcare are preserved by adapting our approaches. Instead of reversing the many gains made through locally driven development partnerships with international funding agencies for other viral diseases like HIV, we must use this opportunity to adapt the many lessons learned to address the burden of Covid-19. Programs like the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare are currently leveraging widely available technologies in Africa to prevent patients from experiencing significant interruptions in care as the healthcare system adjusts to the challenges presented by Covid-19. These approaches are designed to preserve social contact while incorporating physical distancing. The gains and successes made through approaches like group-based medical care must not only continue but can help expand upon the extraordinary success of programs like President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1761-1763
Number of pages3
JournalAIDS (London, England)
Issue number12
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases


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