The UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), in collaboration with the African Public Policy and Research Institute (APPRI), convened a workshop on “HIV/AIDS and the Prisons in Africa” in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 25–26 May 2017.
While the rate of HIV transmission in most of Africa has gone down, it is rising in prisons. The precise nature of the social dynamics that underlie the transmission and prevalence of HIV amongst inmates differs across societies. In most of Africa, research on factors that drive HIV transmission behind the prison walls remains vague, episodic, and generally speculative.
Workshop participants — cutting across disciplines and sectors from Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe — scoped the policy ramifications of these issues and mapped the thematic structure of a policy-oriented book to address them. The scoping exercise, based on a two-day roundtable discussion of a list of research questions, was facilitated by Dr Obijiofor Aginam (UNU-IIGH), Rtd. Brigadier Gaseikanngwe Peke (APPRI), and Her Excellency Mohau Pheko, former Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Japan and High Commissioner to Canada.
This project builds on earlier UNU-IIGH research that led to the publication of Understanding the dynamics of HIV/AIDS and the Security Sector in Africa (Obijiofor Aginam and Martin Rupiya, editors), a peer-reviewed that book explores the impacts of HIV/AIDS on the military and national defence forces, as well the implications of HIV transmission as a weapon of war.
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-IIGH website.