n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Contemporary health, culture and sexuality issues in HIV/AIDS and chronic diseases - : editorial

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


In human beings, the achievement and maintenance of good health is underpinned by the availability of sustainable supportive social, cultural, economic and environmental conditions. The spread of HIV reached pandemic levels within a short period of time and this catapulted the challenge to the top of the international health agenda and as such this became one of the most public health issues for a long time. This communicable disease transformed the social, medical, ethical and political landscape and enforced a paradigm shift in approach to public health. Numerous programmes championed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and involving Not-for-profit organisations and governments have been implemented with varying degrees of success. Recently, chronic diseases and conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity, and arthritis either existing alone or co-morbid with HIV have emerged as public health issues of concern. These chronic diseases are not only common and costly but are also preventable. Some foundations of health are now at an all-time risk with previous gains at the risk of nullification by these emergent challenges.

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