Traditional Leaders On The Frontline Addressing Harmful Cultural Practices to Reduce Gender-based Violence and HIV in southern Africa
The aim of publishing this book is to share widely deliberations at the Indaba. This book targets traditional leaders in southern Africa and other regions of Africa, SAfAIDS
partners implementing the Changing the River's Flow programme, policy makers in the field of HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and GBV, academics and researchers studying ways of combating HIV, AIDS and GBV. The objective of the book is to empower these target readers with deeper insights which could help enhance their various efforts in addressing HIV, AIDS and GBV. HIV and AIDS is one of the most devastating challenges to development efforts in southern Africa. Three decades after the discovery of HIV and AIDS, the epidemic continues to affect many communities, despite concerted efforts aimed at stemming infections and also providing quality treatment and care for those infected by HIV. In line with international declarations and commitments, regional political leaders, together with civil society organisations, are channelling their efforts on universal access to HIV prevention and treatment, pledging to reduce the number of new HIV infections by 50% and advocating for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. To date sub-Saharan Africa remains the epicentre of the HIV epidemic. An estimated 22.5 million people are living with HIV in the region, which is about two thirds of the global total. This implies that for every three people who are living with HIV in the whole world, two reside in the sub- Saharan region.
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