Empowered Communities, Patient-Centered Approach Could Improve HIV Treatment Access
Gates Notes: Leaving No One Behind
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, highlights remarks made by Tom Ellman of Doctors Without Borders at the foundation’s Goalkeepers event last month. Ellman discussed his organization’s experience delivering HIV care in Mozambique using Community antiretroviral therapy (ART) Groups (CAGs), a patient-centered model that encourages equal partnership between health professionals and communities. Gates writes, “The Community ART Groups are just one example of what’s known as ‘differentiated models of care,’ which are now being applied in many different ways and settings across [several African nations]. … This approach also became a real catalyst for our foundation [that] inspired us to take a bigger role in spreading differentiated models to other countries…” (9/28).