World Health & Population

World Health & Population December 2003 : 0-0.doi:10.12927/whp.2003.17631

A Regional Perspective Towards Managing HIV/AIDS in Northeast Africa

Lemma Merid


Several African countries, including those in Northeastern Africa, have declared HIV/AIDS a national emergency and have defined national strategies. To carry the strategies through, they have set up institutions. These strategies however are confined to national boundaries and fail to take into account the cross-border implications of the epidemic. The paper identifies several avenues through which cross-infections take place in the Northeast African context. It then suggests that supranational (or regional) organizations such as the Inter-Governmental Agency for Development (IGAD) or the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) gear themselves to address such issues that require the involvement of more than one country. It provides a list of issues with which such regional organizations could start.

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