African Development Forum online discussion summary
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Organization of African Unity;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
International Labour Organisation;
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS;
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The "Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic", UNAIDS, June 2000, states that the figure of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Africa has reached a staggering 24.5 million. The demographic impact of this is changing the fabric of many African countries. AIDS is a disease but of such a magnitude and with such consequences to the fabric of African societies that it has become a development crisis and should be addressed as such. Human resources that are crucial for development are falling ill and dying, sometimes at even higher rates than the general population. To minimize this impact, countries need to urgently establish human resource policies on absenteeism and recruitment while stepping up workplace AIDS prevention programs. The coverage of social assistance programs must be expanded to a wider group of households, defined by both poverty and AIDS indicators. This is a summary of the Online Discussion on AIDS: The greatest leadership Challenge that has preceded the African Development Forum (ADF). The discussion started at the beginning of July and continued through November. The primary aim of the online discussion was to invite broader participation in to the ADF and was open to participants from around the world interested in the issues of AIDS and African Development.