NGOs, governments, and HIV/AIDS in Africa

A June 29 article in the Miami Herald discusses the involvement of non-governmental organizations and African governments in HIV/AIDS efforts in sub-Saharan Africa.  The latter group, it argues, needs to step it up.

In […] sub-Saharan Africa, there have been some victories in the battle against the disease. Many point to Uganda and Senegal among a handful of countries that have made progress.

But activists and international AIDS organizations continue to criticize many governments for failing to devote the needed time and energy to preventing their populations from contracting HIV and treating those infected with the disease. […]

Some African leaders are beginning to get the message. At the recent UNAIDS High-Level Meeting in New York, several presidents pledged to move more aggressively to fight the disease in their countries.

The article mentions President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo as an example of a concerned leader.  In contrast, it notes that in Zimbabwe “a long-running political feud between President Robert Mugabe and the opposition has been a barrier to better care for those suffering with HIV and AIDS.”

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~ by h.e.g. on July 3, 2008.

One Response to “NGOs, governments, and HIV/AIDS in Africa”

  1. well hooray PEPFAR was passed in senate.

    i recently attended a talk about public private partnership and how they have helped in combating HIV/Aids.
    one of the panelists discussed how good governments is an essential component in combating HIV/AIDS. Most African goverment need to start stepping up.

    check out more on HIV/AIDS on my blog http://african1.wordpress.com/

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