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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.

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Policing against stigma and discrimination: HIV/AIDS in the Zambia police service

Since 1988, the World AIDS Day has been celebrated annually with various themes in recognition of the global ramifications of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In his message on “Leadership”, the theme of the 2007 World AIDS Day, Peter Piot, the former Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), stated that

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