ITPC and ICAP at AIDS2020: Differentiated Service Delivery for People with HIV and Non-Communicable Diseases
Solange Baptiste, Executive Director, ITPC Global co-moderated this AIDS2020 Virtual Satellite Session on ”Resilient Chronic Care Systems: Differentiated Service Delivery for People with HIV and Non-Communicable Diseases” alongside Wafaa El-Sadr, Founder and Director of ICAP at Columbia University.
The prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in people living with HIV (PLHIV) has been evident for years, as has the importance of providing integrated HIV and NCD services. Global and national guidelines increasingly call for HIV programs to provide integrated screening, prevention and treatment services for NCDs and their risk factors, including hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung diseases, cancers, and depression. However, the scale-up of HIV/NCD services has been slow. The introduction of differentiated service delivery models (DSDM) may provide an opportunity to address this gap, as countries introduce both less-intensive and more-intensive DSDM models. DSD models may also enhance the resilience of chronic care programs in the face of emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.