HIV&AIDS is the leading cause of death in Sub Sahara Africa. Out of the 25.5 million persons living with HIV and AIDS in Sub Sahara Africa, 17 million are in Eastern and Southern Africa. Recognizing the need to accelerate the education sectors' response to HIV&AIDS in the region through stronger and better quality actions at the national level, eight Ministries of Education in Eastern and Southern Africa have formed an HIV&AIDS and Education Network in Eastern Africa.
The objective of the network, within a sub-regional framework, is to: accelerate the education sector response to HIV&AIDS in the Eastern Africa Region, through stronger and better quality actions at the national levels. The network provides for the inter-country sharing of information and experiences, proposition of guidelines, promotion of good practices, and advocacy for the sector-wide and broad-based commitment and support to the education response to the effects of HIV&AIDS.