Unplanned ART treatment interruptions in Southern Africa: What can we do to minimise the long-term risks?
Adherence to antiretroviral therapy is crucial to prevent illness and death and limit the development of
drug resistance. It is compromised under a number of situations in the countries most heavily affected
by HIV and AIDS. The question for this brief is: ‘How to keep people on treatment?’ Its focus is on
Southern Africa. Its insights are derived from an extensive literature review and case studies of three
specific crises that affected patient’s access to ART.