For World AIDS Day 2018, we want to recognize the critical role that community health workers play in the HIV/AIDS response. Across the globe, CHWs of various kinds—from full-time salaried community health workers to part-time peer educators and mentor mothers—provide services essential to ensurring continuum of care, combating stigma and discrimination, and supporting the psycho-social needs of patients. Without them, many countries would not be able to ensure widespread access to quality HIV/AIDS services.
As we celebrate achievements and progress toward the 90-90-90 goals, let’s remember the importance of CHWs to these aims and accelerate our efforts to improve the sustainability of and support for CHW programs.
As food for thought, we offer three of this year’s publications on CHW contributions to HIV/AIDS service delivery.