Regional Actors Addressing HIV in Africa: Comparative Advantages, Challenges and Opportunities


Regional bodies have become active contributors to the development of Africa's health sector in the last 10 to 15 years. In a region that is home to more than 70 percent of people living with HIV, they play an important role in supporting global HIV initiatives such as the US Government's call for an AIDS-free generation, the global plan to eliminate new HIV infections in children and keeping their mothers alive, and ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Understanding how regional actors have engaged in HIV-related work, as well as their comparative advantages and challenges, will ensure that governments, policymakers, donors, and implementers partner with them effectively to end preventable child and maternal deaths and prevent new HIV infections.