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Opinion: To end HIV/AIDS, invest in community workers and other health care providers

Greater investment in community health workers and other health care providers in areas hard hit by HIV/AIDS creates a path towards better care for people living with the disease. #WorldAIDSDay
A health care worker explains HIV testing with a sugar cane plantation farm worker at her house in Gwegwe on the outskirts of Eshowe in Zululand. Source: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images

“Progress is being made, but more must be done.”

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard these words, or a variation on them, at global health conferences, multilateral meetings, breakfasts, receptions, and workshops.

In the context of HIV/AIDS, around the world nearly 37 million people are living with HIV. And while new infections are decelerating, 1.8 million people North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean combined.

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