The impact of the AIDS epidemic on teacher mortality in sub-Saharan Africa

Case Studies & Research
4 p.

This article gives findings of the impact of the epidemic analysed through absolute and relative mortality rates in 8 high prevalence countries. Finding are that though teachers are more prone to the disease because they are in the highest HIV prevalence age co-hort and likely to engage in high risk behavior, actual mortality rates are lower than the projected mortality rates indicating that contrary to what is portrayed teachers are actually less prone than the adult populations a whole. Mortality trends suggest that mortality rates in the future are expected to decline and that the worst may be over in countries with mature epidemics in terms of teacher deaths. Reasons for decline in mortality include changes in sexual behavior and increasing availability of Anti-Retroviral drugs. Governments and development partners encouraged to design and implement effective AIDS programmes for teaching staff which include risk assessments, imaginative HIV education activities and provision of drugs for affected teachers.

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