Great Lakes Initiative on AIDS (GLIA): Towards Regional Integration in Prevention and Management of Disasters

Case Studies & Research
2001
22 p.

Although HIV/AIDS pandemic is a global disaster, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Great Lakes Countries in particular have been disproportionately burdened in various ways. In the last decade, countries in the Great Lakes Region were considered the epicenter of the epidemic because of the high prevalence rates and the socio-economic impact on the populations. During this period the Great Lakes Region also faced unbearable years of turmoil, war and armed conflict across borders. There was mass movement of armies, displacement and migration of entire communities from one country to another despite the high prevalence of MM/AIDS.Inspite of this, various countries have put in place programs and interventions to fight HIV/AIDS at various levels. It is notable that although the trends of HIV/AIDS are on the increase in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, declining trends in Uganda has shown that the spread of HIV/AfDS can be controlled.With the strengthening of regional cooperation, there is increasing ease of continuous migration of people from country to country for social, economic, cultural and other reasons. This prompted the leaders in these countries to set up a regional initiative to strengthen collaboration in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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