A particular strength of the book is the contributions of a diverse range of experts from across the globe and the structure and organization of the chapters. This is a timely and useful text for donors, policy makers, program managers, students and public health practitioners. (HIV Clinical Trials)
...once I plunged in, I was hooked. The book is well structured, readable, informative and challenging. (Nursing Standard)
This book is timely for framing the first 26 years of the epidemic from a perspetive that encompasses policy and the delivery of medical care...The in-depth, well-organised country reports provide a baseline that will serve particularly well for those interested in international policy issues in public health...this book is important, and perhaps the best of its kind. (Lancet, Vol. 368)
Increasingly the shift of health systems has been from prevention only as the main containment strategy, to a strategy that includes scaling up HIV treatment, and care and prevention services, including antiretroviral therapy. Thus, all parts of the health system must be involved; policy makers, healthcare professionals and users of the services have been forced to think differently about how services are financed, how resources are allocated, how systems are structured and organized, how services are delivered by patients, and how the resulting activity is monitored and evaluated in order to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, equity and acceptability of the response.
The book is unique in attempting to describe and assess a range of responses across the globe by situating them within the characteristics of each country and its health system. Most chapters combine a health policy expert with an HIV specialist, allowing both a 'top down' health system approach and a 'bottom up' HIV-specific perspective. There are thematic and analytical sections, which provide an overview and some suggestions for solutions to the most serious outstanding issues, and chapters which analyze specific country and organizational responses. There is no perfect health system, but the evidence provided here allows the sharing of knowledge, and an opportunity to assess the impact and reactions, to an epidemic that must be considered a long term issue.