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Westphal, Brigit, Susan Adu-Aryee, Gideon Tesfai & Dan Kaseje
Rapid Desk Review of HIV/AIDS Policies, Strategies and Programs of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, March 2001, 48 pp

Authors from: Danish Red Cross, Red Cross AIDS Network for Youth-West Africa, Norwegian Red Cross and TICH in Africa. Reproduced with kind permission of the International Federation of Red Cross.


"The global spread of HIV/AIDS has reached disastrous epidemic proportions, with unprecedented impact on the economic activities, orphans, food security and health service demand. The highest prevalence rates are in Southern and Eastern Africa. The Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement has a special role to play in HIV/AIDS prevention and care through volunteers, in the context of RC traditional involvement in Public Health, in the light of the Fundamental Principles. A team was commissioned by the Secretariat to carry out a review regarding the efforts made in the last decade by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in order to advise on the future of the program. The review was to highlight the achievements, strengths, limitations and opportunities missed at all levels of decision making from policy formulation, through strategic action identification to program planning, organization and implementation. For each level the review team was to summarize lessons learnt and to suggest recommendations for action."

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