November 30th, 2009
By Ben Plumley, Vice President, Global Access and Partnerships, Tibotec
33 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and 70% of those are in sub-Saharan Africa.
Sub-Saharan Africa countries – already some of the poorest in the world – do not have adequate financial and human resources to provide the services their citizens living with HIV need.
The healthcare capacity gap is one of the key themes of 2009’s World AIDS Day and World AIDS Campaign. A number of extraordinary innovative approaches to providing AIDS treatment and care have been developed in recent years. Whether it is through “Centers of Excellence” with state of the art treatment, training and research facilities, or community-led and managed providers of home based care, African solutions to particular African problems are now driving the response to HIV/AIDS.
Uganda is a prime example of both hi-tech and low-tech approaches. The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, is a leading East African center providing optimal care and prevention for HIV and AIDS and works to develop innovative approaches to health training. Operated by Makerere University, IDI is a non-governmental organization that offers a full spectrum of advanced HIV care, support, training and groundbreaking, globally respected research.