Building Political Commitment for Effective HIV/AIDS Policies and Programs

This introductory packet provides the necessary tools to build political commitment for effective HIV/AIDS policies and programs.

It describes political commitment as a willingness on the part of leaders to use their positions, insofar as possible, to support effective action to limit the spread of HIV and mitigate the impacts of the epidemic. This action needs to be based on a solid understanding of the nature of the epidemic and its impact on African development. National leaders include not only political and government leaders but also civil, community, private sector and business, religious, education, military, nongovernmental organization, and many other leaders.

This discussion notes the important leadership role that ranking political leaders can play in combating the epidemic and the special role of government. It then gives some examples of what actions different types of leaders can take now to combat the epidemic.

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