How can Zambian and Canadian care settings learn from each other?
In Canada, many people living with HIV are able to live healthy and sustained lives.
Current medication in the form of antiretroviral therapy (ART) treats the virus and many health services, programs, and community initiatives help support people with the psychological, economic, and social aspects of the disease. This life-saving treatment is slowly becoming more accessible to people in resource-poor regions. For example, ART is now freely available to the 25 million people living with HIV in Zambia. Now that Zambians living with HIV can more readily access treatment, the next step is to ensure services help them not just survive HIV, but also thrive while living with the disease. Dr. Stephanie Nixon and a group of community-based researchers have launched a pilot project based in Zambia that is looking at successful HIV care practices there and in Canada, with the goal of scaling up and testing these services across Zambia and other resource-poor settings around the world.