Working alongside the formal public health and social service systems, community-based health and social service workers are critical to the effectiveness and sustainability of the global response to HIV and achieving 90-90-90 targets. These workers contribute heavily to differentiated models of care for ART delivery, a key strategy for keeping people with HIV on treatment. They fulfill a range of functions from facilitating social support groups and linking patients to clinical services to dispensing medications. They also provide crucial support to orphans and children vulnerable to HIV infection (OVC).
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GFATM) support a variety of community-based workers in low- and middle-income countries. To optimize this workforce to meet HIV goals, HRH2030 is working with PEPFAR and GFATM to assess the composition, workload, and functions of community-based health and social service workers in several countries.
While assessment components will vary based upon country needs, they may include: