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Strengthening a focus on engaging men in promoting gender equality and reducing the spread and impact of HIV

An analysis of 11 African National Strategic Plans on HIV (NSPs)
12 Nov 12 HIV/AIDS & TB
Shand, T., Peacock, D., Thomson, H., and Charles, T. (2012). Strengthening a focus on engaging men in promoting gender equality and reducing the spread and impact of HIV: An analysis of 11 African National Strategic Plans on HIV (NSPs). Sonke Gender Justice: Cape Town, South Africa.

While small-scale interventions exist to engage men in HIV prevention and treatment, a shared policy agenda on this issue among civil society, and national and regional policy makers is central to scaling-up this work and achieving large-scale change in gender norms. Recognising this fact, a detailed analysis of National Strategic Plans (NSPs) on HIV and AIDS was undertaken in eleven countries across Africa in collaboration with civil society, government and UN partners.

The main aims of this policy analysis were to:

  • support advocacy to address policy gaps in terms of engaging men;
  • provide recommendations towards engaging men more directly in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

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