Currently, well over 33 million people are infected with HIV worldwide. It is very difﬁ cult for any Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV), regardless of your project area, to ignore the impact that this epidemic has on your work and your personal life. This is especially true if you are working in sub-Saharan Africa where approximately 70 percent of the people that are infected with HIV currently live. Because of this reality, the Peace Corps has adopted the policy that all Volunteers entering service in Africa are trained in HIV/AIDS prevention and care.
This Idea Book offers some practical strategies for assessing and responding to the effects of HIV on each of Peace Corps’ project areas, including: Agriculture and Environment, Small Enterprise Development, Health, Youth, and Education. The book also offers examples of creative and effective strategies used by Volunteers to integrate the issue of HIV into their activities through collaboration with other sectors or by designing activities targetting those most affected by AIDS.