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    Summary booklet of best practices in Africa.

    Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS [UNAIDS]; International Partnership against AIDS in Africa

    Geneva, Switzerland, UNAIDS, 2000 Sep. 111 p. (UNAIDS Best Practice Collection; Summary Booklet of Best Practices Series No. 2; UNAIDS/00.34E)

    AIDS is now the leading killer in sub-Saharan Africa. Whereas 200,000 people died as a result of conflict or war in Africa in 1998, AIDS killed 2.2 million. The progression of the disease has outpaced all projections. In 1991, WHO projected that in 1999 there would be 9 million infected individuals and nearly 5 million cumulative deaths in Africa. The reality in 2000 is two to three times higher, with 34.3 million infected individuals and 18.8 cumulative deaths. Nearly 70 per cent of the world’s HIV infection and 90 per cent of deaths from AIDS are to be found in a region that is home to just 10 per cent of the world’s population. In the sub-Saharan region, infection levels are highest, access to care is lowest, and social and economic safety nets that might help families cope with the impact of the epidemic are badly frayed. Resources are not keeping pace with the challenge. Incidence of the disease is increasing three times faster than the money to control it. Current national AIDS activities in Africa must be expanded dramatically to make an impact on the epidemic. African leaders are demonstrating unprecedented leadership in fighting HIV/AIDS; the time is ripe for an extraordinary effort. The International Partnership against AIDS in Africa (IPAA) is such a mobilization. At the same time, the Best Practice process – accumulating and applying knowledge about what is working and not working in different situations and contexts – is crucial within the framework of the Partnership. (excerpt)
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