Sub-Saharan Africa has been devastated by the AIDS epidemic, with almost 26 million people infected in the region. As international attention continues to focus on sub-Saharan Africa as the region most affected by AIDS, hopeful signs have emerged, such as increased access to antiretroviral therapy (ART). Although the availability of ART has greatly increased in South Africa, care and support services continue to play a critical role in the lives of people infected and affected by HIV. In response to a growing call from program managers and researchers in South Africa to engage in a dialogue with policymakers and donors about strengthening care and support services, the Horizons Program organized a symposium in November 2005 in Johannesburg. The symposium was designed to review current research and field experiences to identify ways to strengthen care and support programs, and to link them with treatment services. It also aimed to identify research, program, and policy gaps and priorities. This symposium report focuses on key issues highlighted by participants, and includes research, policy, and program recommendations.
Horizons Program. 2006. "Strengthening care and support services in the era of treatment: Symposium report." Washington, DC: Population Council.