Friends President Chris Collins Discusses Finding Balance In Vertical, Broader Health System Approaches To HIV/AIDS

Friends of the Global Fight: Integrating the exceptional in an evolving response to AIDS
Chris Collins, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Friends), discusses the challenge of balancing the “vertical approach to HIV while simultaneously broadening the health services delivered.” Collins writes, “Much can be gained by concentrating on a particular disease challenge and much can be achieved by being comprehensive in health delivery. Success is about finding the balance in different settings, but it is not about losing focus. Going forward we can ask what achieves the most benefit for people in each setting. … The bottom line is we need more investment in health, and that means thinking about the politics of health financing” (11/13).