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Type Journal Article - Information development
Title Libraries in the Era of HIV/AIDS: facing the challenges in Sierra Leone
Author(s)
Volume 24
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
Page numbers 37-43
URL http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.949.2315&rep=rep1&type=pdf
Abstract
HIV/AIDS is the most important new threat to
world health that emerged in the last century. In
recent times it has made a dramatic spread from its
initial focus in the United States of America through
Europe, South America, Asia and the Pacific and
Africa (Hooper,1999). In many developing countries,
especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, this disease has
become an epidemic. According to the United Nations,
25 percent of the adults in some African countries are
affected by the disease. The number of young people
dying of the disease is causing an overall decrease in life
expectancy throughout the continent (Drotman, 2000).
Although people’s understanding of the pandemic has
increased over time, there has been no breakthrough
at modifying risk in the development of treatment or
vaccines. Health education directed at modifying risk
behavior is still the only way in which the disease can be
contained (World Health Organisation, 1988; Gordon
and Klouda, 1989).

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