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CHAI's First Programs: HIV/AIDS

Published May 7th, 2015

In 2002 and 2003, CHAI initiated the first programs in Africa and the Caribbean that aimed to scale up HIV/AIDS care and treatment throughout whole entire countries. Eventually, CHAI would help over 30 countries scale up AIDS care and treatment. Working with governments in Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, the Bahamas, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Eastern Caribbean States—all of which in total had less than 2,000 people on treatment at the time—CHAI helped develop and implement national plans with the governments to test people for AIDS, to procure drugs, accredit facilities, set up supply chains, train doctors, nurses and health workers, and establish laboratories that led to over 800,000 people being treated in these countries alone within five years.

In 2003, CHAI negotiated to lower prices for first-line HIV drugs by over 60 percent and enabled over 60 countries to access these low prices.