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HIV and prisons in Sub-Saharan Africa : opportunities for action (anglais)

The purpose of the document is to provide HIV and prison concerned communities with information and a way forward in helping to place this underserved population in the mainstreaming of the AIDS response throughout sub-Saharan Africa. It is envisioned as a common platform on which the countries themselves, as well as multilateral, bilateral and nongovernmental partners, can build coordinated policies and programs, and provides services.This document presents an abridged analytical summary of the inventory of existing information on HIV among prison communities in sub-Saharan Africa, identifies gaps in information and proposes a framework for action. The key finding is that there is insufficient knowledge about the prison community, both in and out of correctional facilities. What is known is alarming and underscores the importance of acting rapidly to fill information gaps in order to better assess national situations, identify good practices and support more effective national policies, programs and service delivery. The document includes a section on next steps, which can be adapted to meet differing country circumstances. In conclusion, the authors consider this a living document, to be revised as new information, experience and resources dictate.

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