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There is no doubt that the countries faced with HIV/AIDS have to put forth their own resources for fighting against the epidemic. However, since HIV/AIDS is now seen as a cross-sector development issue, the bilateral and multilateral donors may provide assistance to national extension organizations in handling the present situation and in avoiding the future impact of the epidemic. Such assistance may be provided under umbrella programmes of donors for, for instance, sustainable livelihoods, poverty alleviation, peoples participation, and possibly others. The key areas in which assistance is needed include:

The present priorities of donors have to be reviewed in light of the fast changing situation in the continent because of the epidemic. The reviews should be done with the following objectives:

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