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Together We Can

The UNAIDS report argues that more vigorous leadership and increased resources are needed to turn the AIDS epidemic around. Examples of successes in the struggle against the disease are detailed.

AIDS, Poverty Reduction and Debt Relief

UNAIDS Work Programme "Mainstreaming the response to HIV/AIDS" aims to enable client countries to develop and include effective materials for combating HIV/AIDS in their development instruments.

HIV/AIDS: a rural issue

A FAO dossier on the impact of epidemic in the rural areas. HIV/AIDS is spreading into the remotest villages, affecting all aspects of rural well being, agricultural production and possibilities for future sustainable development.

The Implications of HIV/AIDS for Rural Development Policy and Programming: Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa

A working paper of the FAO Sustainable Development Department. This paper examines the implications of the HIV epidemic for rural development policies and programmes in sub-Saharan Africa and, in particular: the inter-relationships between rural development and HIV/AIDS.

Strategic approaches to HIV prevention and AIDS mitigation in rural communities and households in Sub-Saharan Africa

Another working paper of the FAO Sustainable Development Department. One of the purpose of this paper is serve as a tool for advocacy and to increase awareness about the relationship between HIV/AIDS, agriculture and food security at national, regional and community level.

AIDS and agriculture in Africa: can agricultural policy make a difference?

While there are many dimensions to the AIDS pandemic, FAO has focused on the impact of the disease on agricultural production and household food security. This article presents a framework for analysing the problems and highlights key effects on farm households and larger production units.

UNDP-FAO experimental project in Cambodia: a review

Review Mission of Project: UNDP-FAO Mobilisation and Empowerment of Rural Communities along the Asian Highway (Route 5) in Cambodia to reduce Hiv Vulnerability.

Considering HIV/AIDS in development assistance: a toolkit

This toolkit has been prepared to assist staff of the Commission of the European Communities in considering the implications of the HIV epidemic in the provision of development assistance. It contains also an Action Plan for Rural Development and a Human Capital Issue.

UNRISD Research Programme on HIV/AIDS and Development

This project aims to identify specific patterns of development that provide the underlying context for the appearance and spread of HIV/AIDS, to document community responses to the pandemic, and to evaluate national HIV/AIDS strategies in different parts of the world.

HIV/AIDS and Rural Development: what can we do?

The report of the workshop organized by the working group of the SNRD (Sector Network Rural Development) of the GTZ on April 2001 in Zimbabwe.

Will Agriculture Fall Victim to AIDS?

This article available on Future Harvest website shows how Agricultural Research can help to reduce the impact of the disease on those already infected and on those who survive.

Breaking the silence: setting realistic priorities for AIDS control in less-developed countries

A paper reproduced with permission of "The Lancet Medical Journal" in the WorldBank collection of articles about the public economics of HIV/AIDS.

The Economic Impact of AIDS in Africa

This article of the Harvard AIDS Review focuses on "the high costs of caring for those infected with HIV and of losing skilled, productive members of the workforce places the economies of African families and nations in jeopardy."

HIV/AIDS: A Critical Health and Development Issue

This chapter of the IFPRI book "The Unfinished Agenda" analyse how HIV/AIDS threats the rural development.

Worldwide Initiatives


The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Cosponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO, WHO, UNDCP and the World Bank.

World AIDS Campaign 2001, "I care... Do you?"

The UNAIDS two-year Campaign aims to create a sustained focus on the role of men in the AIDS epidemic.


The Un Campaign dedicated to mobilizing, managing and disbursing funds in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

Global HIV/AIDS & STD Surveillance

Global surveillance of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is a joint effort of WHO and UNAIDS. The goal of this collaboration is to compile the best information available and to improve the quality of data about the spreading of the epidemic.

AIDS 2002 - XIV International AIDS Conference.

The next international conference will be in Barcelona (Spain), 7 – 12 July 2002

International Partnership Against AIDS in Africa

The Partnership is a coalition that works under the leadership of African countries to save and improve many lives. It is made up of African governments, the United Nations, donors, and the private and community sectors.

International Congress on Aids in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP)

The biannual ICAAP is the major conference for AIDS organizations and workers in the region.

FAO : Schools for life: training HIV/AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa

Combining its popular Farmer Field School teaching methodology with the Farmer Life School, which uses similar analytical methods to teach about human behaviour and AIDS prevention, FAO is now addressing the needs of Africa's future farmers, many of whom have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.



Prevention is the central objective of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)’s fight against HIV/AIDS. Among the many complex issues compounding the pandemic, prevention is the challenge that fits the agency best. For more than 30 years, UNFPA has supported a highly focused agenda to improve reproductive and sexual health.


UNDP contributes with the UNAIDS partnership by helping developing countries meet the governance challenge posed by the epidemic, and helping them mitigate the impact of the disease on efforts to reduce poverty. The HIV/AIDS section of the UNDP website provide information on UNDP partnership with developing countries.

HIV and Development

UNDP Regional Projects on HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific.


This part of the website highlights UNICEF's priorities and programmes for combating HIV/AIDS, which focus on both prevention of infection as well as care and support for people affected by the pandemic.

The WHO Department on HIV/AIDS

The WHO Initiative on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

WorldBank Aids Economics Home Page

The WorldBank website on the economic impact of the HIV/AIDS

International AIDS Economics Network (IAEN)

IAEN provides data, tools and analysis on the economics of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in developing countries, for compassionate, cost-effective responses to the global epidemic.

Pan American Health Organization: AIDS and SDI

A webpage of the PAHO website full of document and resources on the epidemic in North and South America.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

USAID HIV/AIDS programme works in more than 50 of the hardest-hit countries. USAID is committed to helping developing and transitional countries to protect their populations not yet infected by HIV and to provide care and support services.

Directory of African Associations of People Living with HIV/AIDS

USAID, in conjunction with the Network of African People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAP+), has released a directory listing more than 30 national and regional African associations of people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA/ACDI)

CIDA is supporting several major HIV/AIDS programmes that work with community groups and local organizations to reach vulnerable groups most at risk.

The Australian Government’s overseas aid programme (AUSAID)

The Ausaid is helping through HIV/AIDS programmes in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

The GTZ HIV/AIDS control programmes in developing countries

The GTZ (German governmental organization for international cooperation) is supporting its partner countries to implement prevention programmes at all levels of society. Reports and publications avalaible online.

International Federetion of Red Cross Red Crescent: Reducing the Impact of AIDS

Presentation of the HIV/AIDS programme and the activities of the Red Cross Red Crescent.

The Futures Group International: HIV/AIDS programmes

The Futures Group International is a management, marketing and strategic planning organization that has worked in over 50 developing countries. Futures is involved in several HIV/AIDS programmes and the website provide many tools and publications.

The International AIDS Society (IAS)

IAS represents the world’s professional society for scientists, health care and public health workers, and others engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention, control and care.

The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS)

MEASURE DHS+ assists developing countries worldwide in the collection and use of data to monitor and evaluate population, health, and nutrition programmes. Demographic and health surveys provide information on family planning, maternal and child health, child survival, HIV/AIDS/STIs, and reproductive health.


HealthNet is the name of SATELLIFE's global communication network, which links healthcare workers around the world via e-mail. As one of Africa's first e-mail networks, HealthNet was a pioneer in providing viable solutions to information poverty among health professionals in the developing world.

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

The IPPF links national autonomous Family Planning Associations (FPAs) in over 180 countries worldwide.