A comprehensive analysis of the HIV & AIDS legislation, bills, policies, and strategies in the East African community

HIV and AIDS/STI and TB Multisectoral Strategic Plan and Implementation Framework 2015 - 2020

This analysis presents a synthesis of a number of laws, bills, policies and strategies in the context of HIV in the five Partner States.

Recently there has been a surge of national laws to address HIV in a number of African countries. At the regional level, there are at least two regional model laws developed by regional economic communities. These are the West Africa HIV Model Law and the Southern Africa HIV Model Law. Model laws serve to set the standards, norms for good practices and for legal as well as policy reviews and reform at domestic and regional levels. Ideally, national legislators should strive to emulate, adapt and domesticate model laws and make them applicable at the national level.

In a bid to harmonise and standardized the health policies in East Africa, the EAC in partnership with the Eastern African National Networks of AIDS Service Organisations (EANNASO) and the East African Health Platform (EAHP) have requested the support of the United Nations Development Programme Regional Service Centre for Africa (UNDP RSCA) to conduct a comparative analysis of the EAC partners states’ HIV legislations, bills, policies and strategies to identify legal, policy and strategic gaps and develop a framework to address them.