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    Introduction

    One of the greatest challanges facing Member States (MS) in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as they work towards achieving set social, political and economic development targets is the adverse effects of HIV and AIDS, tubercolosis (TB) and malaria. These communicable diseases (known as "The Big 3") have severely undermined SADC's goal of eradicating poverty in the region, threatning to reverse hard-won development gains.

    The SADC Communicable Diseases Project

    The project was concieved in 2007 to eccelerate a harmonised response to the three major communicable diseases affecting the region. In a bold bid to accelerate collective progress and responses to communicable diseases in the region, SADC Secretariat has developed minimum policy standards, frameworks and guidelines on HIV and AIDS. In addition the programme produced an array of reports and fliers.

    Cognisant that communicable diseases have hugely impacted health and development outcomes in SADC, the CD project has identified a policy response that has sought to reverse the trends by providing standards and guidelines across the region.

    In addition, the policy work is geared to accelerate the SADC bloc's efforts towards attaining Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 6, which emphasises combating HIV, TB and malaria.

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