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.



HIV and the military: A human rights impact assessment of Nigeria’s armed forces HIV/AIDS control policy guidelines

Conflicts and deployments of armies across the world have several consequences, which would often include vulnerability to disease. The interplay between armies, conflicts and the spread of disease is particularly important in the context of the global HIV/AIDS crisis. HIV/AIDS can considerably diminish the capacity of militaries to perform the core functions of defending the territories of their states effectively or to participate in international peacekeeping and related military operations.


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