Understanding the dynamics of HIV/AIDS and the security sector in Africa: an overview

Aginam, Obijiofor, Rupiya, Martin R., Stratton, Johanna and Ottina, Andrea, "Understanding the dynamics of HIV/AIDS and the security sector in Africa: an overview" in HIV/AIDS and the security sector in Africa ed. Aginam, Obijiofor and Rupiya, Martin R. (New York, USA: United Nations University Press, 2012), n/a-n/a.

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  • Author Aginam, Obijiofor
    Rupiya, Martin R.
    Stratton, Johanna
    Ottina, Andrea
    Book Editor Aginam, Obijiofor
    Rupiya, Martin R.
    Chapter Title Understanding the dynamics of HIV/AIDS and the security sector in Africa: an overview
    Book Title HIV/AIDS and the security sector in Africa
    Publication Date 2012
    Place of Publication New York, USA
    Publisher United Nations University Press
    Start page n/a
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    Abstract Throughout recorded history, communicable diseases have devastated armies and weakened the capacity of state institutions to perform core security functions. The contemporary “securitization” of HIV/AIDS discourse is reminiscent of the age-old historical links of disease and security. This discourse has compelled many African countries to initiate policies aimed at addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS on their security sectors: the armed forces, police and prisons. These policies address a range of issues: the role of peacekeepers in the spread or control of HIV, public health (the need to control HIV) versus human rights (the right not to subject anybody to compulsory/ mandatory medical testing without his consent) dilemma, the gender dimensions of HIV in the armed forces, and the impact of HIV on the police and prisons.
    HIV/AIDS and the Security Sector in Africa explores the dynamics of how the security sector of selected African states has responded, or is currently responding, to the complex and multi-faceted challenges of HIV/AIDS. The chapters are written by African practitioners including, in some cases, commissioned officers who are currently serving in the armed forces, medical officers and nurses working in the military, and African policy and academic experts. While this volume does not comprehensively address all aspects of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the security sector, the contributors nonetheless highlight the potentials and limits of existing HIV/AIDS policies in Africa’s security sector.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9789280812091
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