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Paris, France, UNESCO, Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue, Culture and Development Section, 2005. 85 p. (CLT/CPD/CAD-05/4A)Placing the HIV- and AIDS-related experiences of the countries of the southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia) into social and cultural perspective is uniquely important. Within these three 'second wave' countries of the former Soviet Union, alarming claims that 'drug-driven epidemics are spiralling out of control' run counter to the relatively low number of individuals officially identified as HIV positive. The proportionate increase in the number of individuals affected has been substantial each year since the late 1990s, yet HIV and AIDS remain poorly documented, misunderstood, and highly stigmatised in the region. Analyses of the social and cultural factors influencing the ability of these countries to determine national strategies, implement effective prevention programmes, and develop better monitoring systems can assist in rectifying the differences between dire future predictions and the current modest prevalence rates. (excerpt)
Quebec, Canada, Universite Laval, Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Sante et Developpement, 1995 Oct. , 25, 7 p.The International Cooperation Center in Health and Development (CCISD) based at the Faculty of Medicine of Laval University in Quebec prepared this summary report on agencies that support AIDS control programs in West Africa. It allows one to know who is doing what and where. It is far from being complete since all who had been contacted were not necessarily available or did not always respond to questions. One will find this document appealing. Some sectors polarize funding agencies in AIDS control. CCISD does not aim to evaluate what is being done but to state what exists. It is still striking to see that sectors responsible for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are not sufficiently financed in the subregion. It would be good for funding agencies and national AIDS control programs to plan regular regional meetings. This would allow them to specify courses of intervention and especially benefit both in terms of accumulated experiences in the field. The chapters of the summary report discuss the epidemiology of AIDS and STDs in West Africa (HIV/AIDS prevalence and the link between migration and AIDS), the role of funding agencies, lessons learned, the question of whether Africans have taken to heart the AIDS epidemic, the African Development Bank and AIDS control in Africa, the World Bank and the regional AIDS control project for Francophone Africa, and Canada and the AIDS control program in Francophone Africa. The report provides a list of funding agencies and a contact person in those agencies.