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ADDRESSING THE HIV/AIDS AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT NEXUS IN THE LAKE VICTORIA REGION

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By : Cecilia Njenga, Charles Ndungu

 
UN-HABITAT's experiences in the Lake Victoria region and Sub-Saharan Africa show that the underlying causes of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its consequences on urban development must be urgently and comprehensively addressed. The epidemic affects all sectors of urban development, including housing, transportation, water, and access to health services. Development agencies, whose mission is urban development, have thus started to recognise that achieving their objectives is difficult without addressing and mitigating the impact of the epidemic. A comprehensive policy and programming is required to mitigate both the spread and the effects of the epidemic. Consequently, UN-HABITAT, working with partners and city authorities around Lake Victoria, has embarked on an HIV/AIDS mainstreaming strategy in its Slum Upgrading and Poverty Reduction programme. Related activities and lessons are presented.
Keywords : Africa, HIV/AIDS, Human Settlements, Slums, Urban Development, Urbanisation.

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