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New commission on HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa is launched

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 25 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:702
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. Addis Ababa

    The United Nations has launched a new initiative to deal with the threat that HIV/AIDS poses to African states, where 70% of people with the condition live.

    The Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa was launched last week at an event attended by world leaders, including former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda and Pascoal Mocumbi, prime minister of Mozambique.

    The commission's mandate is to study the impact of HIV/AIDS on state structures and on Africa'seconomic development. It issued a statement saying: “The ability of African governments to mitigate the development challenges posed by HIV/AIDS will be largely dependent on three interrelated factors: their understanding of the long term development challenges posed by HIV/AIDS, their capacity to devise appropriate policies and programmes, and their ability to marshal adequate and sustained resources to support these policies and programmes.”

    Research will be conducted in four major areas:

    • The impact of HIV/AIDS on macroeconomic indicators and economic policies, including development partnerships

    • The impact of HIV/AIDS at the household level, including its impact on women, social safety nets, food security, and poverty at the household level

    • The challenge of scaling up HIV/AIDS treatment, and

    The impact of HIV/AIDS on state capacity, including service delivery and the security sector.

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