Reversing the AIDS Epidemic through Third-Generation Health Systems: A Call to Action

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We need a dramatic change in thinking—and action from donors, policymakers, and program managers in the public, private, and nongovernmental (NGO) sectors—to focus on strengthening health systems in the countries most affected by HIV & AIDS. To meet the Millennium Development Goal of reversing the epidemic by 2015, we must change how we design and deliver services. We learned in the 1990s and 2000s that a host of separate activities cannot be scaled up in a sustainable way and that strengthening the health system is essential for long-term sustainability. The time has come to take a systems approach to HIV & AIDS programming. This holistic approach will create a strong foundation by focusing all efforts on integration, effectiveness, and sustainability.

Written by MSH staff, Reversing the AIDS Epidemic through Third-Generation Health Systems: A Call to Action incorporates approaches distilled from four decades of MSH experience in working with countries around the world to identify and address gaps in their health systems and 20 years of contributions to advancements in HIV & AIDS programming.

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