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HIV/AIDS strategic plan Southern Africa fy 2004-2008

United States Agency for International Development Regional HIV/AIDS Program for Southern Africa (USAID/RHAP)

May 6, 2004

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With guidance and participation from USAID/Washington, and in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Regional HIV/AIDS Program Southern Africa (RHAP/SA) has prepared a new strategy to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the most infected and affected area in the world--Southern Africa. Covering 10 countries, including Emergency Plan focus countries, non presence countries and bilateral programs, RHAP/SA intends to strengthen United States government (USG) efforts to combat the impact of HIV/AIDS across the region. RHAP/SA support will improve the knowledge base of USG managers and implementing partners across the region in order to assure quality and effective programming, fill important service delivery gaps in existing programs, targeting mobile populations, border communities and underserved Basutu and Swazi, and, should sufficient resources be available, strengthen the role of regional organizations in combating the epidemic. The purpose of this document is to elucidate RHAP’s strategy to achieve these results.

This strategy has been developed in a collaborative manner to assure it accurately reflects the needs and opinions of the USG constituency and presents a comprehensive understanding of the issues. The strategy design process has benefited from a variety of contacts and visits between RHAP, USAID/Washington, CDC, other USG agencies, implementing agencies and other stakeholders and donors in the region.

The strategy process has included a thorough review of available data (See References and Bibliography section in Annex VI), appraisal of evaluations done in the region (those contracted by USAID, as well as others, listed in Annex VI), site visits to current program sites, solicitation of input from USG actors in the region (through questionnaires, interviews, and targeted discussions), and--most importantly--extensive partner and stakeholder collaboration. Current, as well as potential, partners participated in the design process and the strategy presented has benefited from contributions from the following:

  • All Bilateral Missions in the region
  • Embassy partners in the three non-presence countries in the region
  • All CDC officers in the region
  • USAID regional programs for East, West and Southern Africa
  • CDC/Southern Africa Regional Office
  • USAID/Washington (Africa Bureau, OHA, RCS)
  • CDC/Atlanta
  • Current and potential regional and bilateral partners, including faith based organizations (FBOs)
  • Regional donors

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