JAIDS Supplement Focuses on Global Health Systems
October 30, 2009
"Action always leads to reaction, a fundamental law of nature," write the authors of an introduction appearing in a Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) supplemental issue that focuses on global health systems. "Central to the debate [over investments in HIV/AIDS spending] has been the question of whether the disease-specific efforts of initiatives such as the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have strengthened or undermined national health systems in low- and middle-income countries." The supplement examines the "impact of HIV scale-up on health systems in a diverse array of countries and contexts," the authors write (El-Sadr/De Cock, 11/09).
One supplement article examines the contributing factors to PEPFAR's success over the past five years. "The fundamental principles of PEPFAR's success are the fundamental principles of a new era in development. As we look to the next 5 years, it is important to draw on these successes and acknowledge the countless opportunities for improvement. If we maintain the focus on country ownership, a results-based approach and accountability, good governance, and the engagement of all sectors, and if the resource commitments are met, everything is possible," the author writes (Dybul, 11/09).
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