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Akhter, Halida Hanum
Commitment for Action: Assessing Leadership for Confronting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Across Asia - Focus on Bangladesh
POLICY Project, January 2005, 43 pp

The POLICY Project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The project is implemented by the Futures Group in collaboration with the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and Research Triangle Institute (RTI).


"To prevent the further spread of HIV among vulnerable groups and the general population as well as to provide care, support, and treatment for those already affected, Bangladesh must enact a comprehensive response to the epidemic. Many of the most important features of a strong response—including multisectoral engagement, protection of human rights, civil society participation, meaningful involvement of people living with HIV or AIDS (PLHAs), well-financed programs and well-trained staff, and monitoring and evaluation systems that allow for developing lessons learned—are directly and indirectly influenced by an enabling policy environment and strong national political commitment. However, few attempts have been made to identify key characteristics of or ways to measure strong political commitment for addressing HIV/AIDS, particularly in the context of low HIV prevalence countries. Against such a backdrop, this assessment of national political commitment and leadership for confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Bangladesh not only provides a mechanism for improving in-country responses but also contributes to the international community’s understanding of political commitment
and leadership and their impact on strategies to address HIV/AIDS worldwide."

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