HIV/AIDS and the Security Sector in Africa

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Throughout history, communicable diseases have weakened the capacity of state institutions to perform core security functions, which compelled many African countries to initiate policies aimed at addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS on the armed forces, police and prisons. These policies address: 1) the role of peacekeepers in the spread or control of HIV, 2) public health versus human rights dilemma, 3) the gender dimensions of HIV in the armed forces, and 4) the impact of HIV on the police and prisons. While this volume does not address all aspects of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the security sector, the contributors nonetheless highlight the potentials and limits of existing policies in Africa’s security sector.




Focusing on selected African countries and sub-regional organizations, this book explores the policy dynamics of HIV/AIDS and the security sector. The volume examines the impacts of the epidemic on the security sector in specific countries, the policies that seek to address these impacts, and the challenges that HIV/AIDS poses to bodies such as peacekeeping missions and the military, together with the police and prison services. Accordingly, some of the chapters extend the scope of the analysis by addressing thematic issues such as HIV, gender and related socioeconomic and cultural challenges.


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