Southern African Development Community Declaration on HIV/AIDS, Maseru 2003

Sectors : Regional cooperation and integration, Food security, HIV/AIDS
Organisation : SADC (Southern African Development Community)
Date made: 
2003
Level: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Health - HIV/AIDS

“...DECLARE the following as the priority areas requiring our urgent attention and action:

...3. Accelerating Development and mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS by:

a. Creating and sustaining an enabling environment conducive to gender-balance, rapid and broad-based socio-economic development of the Region and addressing major underlying factors that lead to the spread of the HIV infection;
b. Harmonising policies and strategies and undertaking joint programmes in the priority intervention areas including prevention, treatment, care, support, nutrition and food security;
c. Enhancing the regional initiatives to facilitate access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support for people living along our national borders, including sharing of best practices;
d. Mainstreaming and factoring HIV/AIDS in our regional integration process and focal intervention areas, particularly in the areas of trade liberalisation, infrastructure development, food security, social and human development;
e. Evaluating the economic and social impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and developing multi-sectoral strategies to address the impact at individual, family, community, national and regional levels;
f. Establishing mechanisms for mitigating the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, including the provision of support to families, orphans and other vulnerable children, and strategies to ensure a sustained labour supply.”

Scope: 
Regional Africa