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Association for the Fight against AIDS calls for continued efforts in the fight against HIV

Written by FDM

The Association for the Fight against AIDS and Coalition PLUS, an international network of community associations for the fight against AIDS and viral hepatitis, calls for continued efforts in the fight against pandemics (HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria) in this Covid-19 troubled period, so as not to lose the achievements of recent decades.

Following the recent report of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, the Association for the Fight against AIDS (ALCS) and Coalition PLUS, call for investment in community health systems to better fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

In this report, it was notably highlighted that several low and middle-income countries had to rely on health workers and in particular community health workers in the context of Covid-19 to ensure continuity of care. In Morocco, the ALCS was authorized to distribute antiretrovirals to people living with HIV in their place of residence, which made it possible to keep many patients in care, especially those living in remote areas.

Thanks to the emergency fund set up by Coalition PLUS with the support of its main donors, the Association for the Fight against AIDS has maintained services related to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), hepatitis, and HIV / AIDS. HIV testing also continued to be performed.

In this sense, the ALCS and Coalition PLUS, call for maintaining efforts in the fight against pandemics, so as not to lose the achievements of the last decades, in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, as well as to develop and support an integrated approach to health systems, to strengthen the financing of community health systems – guaranteeing access to health for all – or to recognize this community health system as a complementary structure to the public system.

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