The delegation of healthcare tasks usually performed by more highly trained health personnel to those with less training, such as nurses and community health workers. Task shifting has allowed HIV services to be scaled up, especially in resource-limited settings.

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  • South Africa’s drug ATMs offer formula to treat chronic illness

    Dispensing machines in malls save time and ease pressure on health system.

    24 January 2019 | Financial Times
  • South Africa: Mark Heywood - Nodding Along to Protesters At #Aids2016 Is Not Enough

    Mark Heywood, the director of social justice organisation Section27 and a board member of the Treatment Action Campaign addressed the media on the sidelines of the International Aids conference on Tuesday. This is a transcript of his speech.

    20 July 2016 | AllAfrica
  • Health workforce shortage weakens AIDS response

    While the U.S. government has helped train more than 140,000 healthcare workers through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief since the program was re-authorized in 2008, Africa still needs more than one million healthcare workers to address a critical shortage, U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx said Monday at a Capitol Hill briefing.

    04 March 2015 | Science Speaks
  • HIV science and treatment knowledge can end AIDS epidemic in the US

    The scientific evidence is clear. As a result of extraordinary advances in biomedical research, we now have the tools we need to end the HIV epidemic in the United States. Or do we? According to, "When We Know Better, We Do Better: State of HIV/AIDS Science and Treatment Literacy," a recently released national report by the Black AIDS Institute and others, the missing link to ending the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. is increasing the science and treatment literacy among the non-medical HIV/AIDS workforce.

    04 February 2015 | News Medical
  • Different community HIV testing and counselling approaches reach different populations in rural Africa

    Home- and community-based HIV testing and counselling services can achieve high participation uptake in rural Africa but reach different populations within a community and should be provided, depending on the groups that are being targeted, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine.

    17 December 2014 | Medical News Today
  • Patients' app diagnoses 'not useful'

    More patients are going to their GP and telling them what treatment they need based on information from apps and the internet, a survey has suggested. A third of the UK physicians surveyed said patients would come with suggestions for what prescription they should receive, but fewer than 5% of doctors felt it was helpful.

    02 October 2014 | BBC
  • Malawi: Shortage of Healthcare Workers Affects Aids Battle

    Malawi's health sector is grappling with a serious lack of trained health care staff that could have an impact on its Global Fund-supported programming to enrol a greater number of HIV-positive Malawians on antiretroviral therapy (ART).

    23 January 2014 | AllAfrica
  • Should ART provision be decentralized to health centres in low and middle income countries?

    With the realization of the value of ART as a means of preventing HIV transmission, the question of how best to retain HIV-diagnosed in care becomes all the more pressing. 

    13 August 2013 | BMJ Group blogs
  • South Africa: Poor Services Undermine HIV Treatment Programme

    The state of many public health facilities threatens the expansion of the country's antiretroviral treatment programme, particularly frequent ARV shortages and poor service delivery.

    04 April 2013 | AllAfrica
  • South Africa: Private Sector Funding to Train Doctors

    Health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has established a fund in partnership with 23 of South Africa's largest private medical aid, pharmacy, drug and hospital companies in an effort to bolster human resource capacity in the public sector.

    09 November 2012 | AllAfrica
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