Ruth Ayarza works at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance as regional manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has worked in international development for 16 years with a focus on sexual and reproductive health, HIV, gender equity and disability. Previously, she was a manager for Latin America with Deaf Child Worldwide and an advocacy officer for Kimirina, a nonprofit based in Ecuador.
People living with HIV are rarely prioritized during an emergency — as we saw in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010. Here's how to develop sustainable community models to deliver HIV prevention and treatment services during disasters. A guest commentary by Ruth Ayarza, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance's regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean.