Issue 14 | August 11 2010
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Partnership to promote management of HIV in prisons in Africa

22 July 2010 - With almost two thirds of all people infected with HIV living in sub-Saharan Africa, the African continent remains the region of the world that is most severely affected by HIV and AIDS. Since prisoners are part of the broader community, the health threat of HIV within prisons is inextricably linked with that outside prisons, thus demanding coordinated action.

Despite wide recognition that prisons present a high-risk environment for the transmission of HIV, serious gaps remain in the responses of most countries to that problem. The African HIV in Prisons Partnership Network (AHPPN) aims to support Governments and organizations in their efforts to mount effective, human rights-based responses to HIV in prisons in Africa.

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