Hiv/Aids Pandemic in Africa: Trends and Challenges

24 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2005

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Livingston S. Luboobi

Makerere University - Department of Mathematics

Joseph Y.T. Mugisha

Makerere University - Faculty of Computing & Information Technology

Date Written: September 2005

Abstract

Three-quarters of the world's AIDS population lives in Sub-Saharan Africa; most have no access to lifesaving drugs, testing facilities or even basic preventative health care. One of the major factors inhibiting medical professionals in Africa from treating this disease is the inability to access vast areas of the continent with adequately equipped medical facilities. To meet this need, Architecture for Humanity challenged the world's architects and health care professionals to submit designs for a mobile HIV/AIDS health clinic. The pandemic is changing the demographic structure of Africa and wiping out life expectancy gains. Indeed, in many African countries, life expectancy is dropping from more than 60 years to around 45 years or even less. In this paper, we highlight the uniqueness of factors associated with HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa and present its impact and challenges.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Africa

JEL Classification: I18, J11

Suggested Citation

Luboobi, Livingston S. and Mugisha, Joseph Y.T., Hiv/Aids Pandemic in Africa: Trends and Challenges (September 2005). FEEM Working Paper No. 103.05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=812847 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.812847

Livingston S. Luboobi (Contact Author)

Makerere University - Department of Mathematics ( email )

Kampala
Uganda

Joseph Y.T. Mugisha

Makerere University - Faculty of Computing & Information Technology ( email )

Kampala
Uganda

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