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Not Remembering History, Dooms Us to Repeat It: Using the Lessons of the Global HIV Response to Address COVID-19


High income countries (HIC) have set the initial global policy responses to COVID-19. Yet, low and middle income countries (LIMIC) face very different challenges than HIC. In LMIC, there is a far greater emphasis on community solutions; families live in far more dense communities, making shelter-in-place mandates questionable; and strengthening existing health systems is more important than novel services. LMIC have far fewer economic resources. Most distressing, the successful economic commitments that HIC made to help stop HIV in LMIC have not yet been imitated, or even initiated-this support is needed now to fight COVID-19.

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