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Author
Shrestha, Sundar Man
Title
Commitment for Action: Assessing Leadership for Confronting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Across Asia - Focus on Nepal
Imprint
POLICY Project, January 2005, 40 pp
Url
http://www.policyproject.com/pubs/politicalcommitment/ACF1B0.pdf
Abstract

"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, Nepal 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 for confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nepal 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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