The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

This book contains the presentations and discussions delivered with partners by the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA) Network of the HSRC at the two satellite sessions of the 16th International AIDS Conference, held in Toronto, Canada. Both sessions engaged with the urgent theme of the conference: Time to deliver. The first section of the book, entitled Managing the complexity of the HIV/AIDS challenge in sub-Saharan Africa includes a selection of presentations on current trends, studies and focuses within the fight against the pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The second section, entitled Missing the women: Examining key challenges in policy responses to HIV/AIDS presents an in-depth paper on this subject, including recommended steps of action in taking these issues forward and a discussion in response by four panellists. SAHARA is an alliance of partners established to conduct and support social science research to prevent the further spread of HIV and mitigate its devastating impact on sub-Saharan Africa. SAHARA is a vehicle for facilitating the sharing of research expertise and knowledge, and for conducting multi-site, multi-country research projects that are exploratory, cross-sectional, comparative or intervention-based. Its aim is to generate new social science evidence for the prevention, care and mitigation of the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on individuals, families and communities.

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Format : 210mm x 148mm
Pages : 80
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2194-6
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2194-9
Publish Year : 2007
Dr Olive Shisana


1 Putting research into policy and practice through partnership building, networking and information dissemination: The role of the SAHARA network
Dr Gail Andrews

2 Overview and regional progress of current SAHARA projects in sub-Saharan Africa
Professor Leickness C. Simbayi, Professor Dan Kaseje and Professor Cheikh I. Niang

3 Unfolding continental developments in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa
Professor Eric Buch

4 Keynote address: The complexity of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and the need for creative responses
Dr Zola Skweyiya

5 Summary


Preamble: 'Missing the women'

1 'Missing the women': Exploring key challenges in policy responses to HIV/AIDS

Dr Olive Shisana and Julia Louw
2 Responses to 'Missing the women'

3 Conclusion

4 Sources of information for 'Missing the women'


Bridgette Prince is the Head of International Liaison in the office of the CEO at the Human Sciences Research Council.

Julia Louw is a Senior Researcher in the office of the CEO at the Human Sciences Research Council.

At the time of writing Kristin Roe was a CIDA-funded intern with the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA) and the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Womens Health, focusing on Gender and HIV/AIDS.

At the time of writing, Rehaaz Adams was a research intern with the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA) based at the HSRC.

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