Comprehensive health care for people infected with HIV in developing countries BMJ 2002;325:954-957

Summary points

  • Universal access to comprehensive health services is needed to reduce HIV related morbidity and mortality worldwide
  • The World Health Organisation’s strategy for chronic disease management in resource poor countries could provide a model for delivering comprehensive services to people infected with HIV who have similar healthcare needs
  • Developing effective communication and referral systems to closely link primary providers to more specialised HIV services could start to address the need for HIV expertise
  • Integration and coordination of services could optimise the use of resources and increase access to HIV care
  • Health services research is needed to define the most effective ways to develop a comprehensive system of HIV care
  • Partnerships between donors, governments, non-governmental organisations, and local organisations are essential for developing effective and sustainable HIV and AIDS prevention and care programmesFull text at:

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