n South African Journal of Higher Education - HIV / AIDS and institutions of higher education : an impact and response framework

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



It is generally accepted in sub-Saharan Africa that HIV / AIDS will seriously affect the higher education sector. Impact assessments for university and technikon students indicated an infection level between 21±36 per cent by 2005. The disease will affect every institution of higher education in its entirety. Institutions of higher education, however, seem to under-estimate the potential of HIV / AIDS to destroy systems. Absence of well-developed plans and budgets as well as failure to attend to systemic impacts can have disastrous results. Higher education institutions have to develop a clear and comprehensive strategic approach towards HIV / AIDS . This will comprise of a situation analysis, a response analysis, formulation of broad guiding principles, identification of priority areas and strategic goals within an action plan. An Impact and Response Framework for the higher education has been developed that could assist institutions in their strategic planning to address HIV / AIDS .

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