Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 07/2008

What About Women? The Failure of HIV/AIDS Initiatives to Address the Needs of African Women

Victoria Okoye

June 2007

Africa Policy Information Center


HIV/AIDS continues to claim the lives of more African men, women and children than any other disease or conflict. As populations across the continent experience the destructive effects of this pandemic, the most marginalized communities feel the brunt.

As an effective approach, Africa Action calls for a new and intense international focus on the situation of African women, as the only effective means to combat this pandemic.