AIDS in Africa: How the Poor are Dying

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Polity, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 235 pages
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Across Africa, HIV/AIDS is slowly killing millions of people in the prime of their lives, weakening state structures, deepening poverty and reversing the gains in life expectancy achieved over the past century. Although many who study the dynamics of Africas AIDS crisis accept that, to some degree, its entrenchment is a socially produced phenomenon, few have examined how the course and intensity of the epidemic have been affected by the continents ubiquitous poverty, the impact of the pervasive structural adjustment programmes or Africas marginalization in the process of globalization until now.

This book explores the socio-economic context of Africas vulnerability to HIV/AIDS as well as assessing the politics of domestic and global response. Using primary and secondary data, it charts the power relations driving Africas HIV/AIDS epidemic, frustrating the possibility of alleviation and recovery as well as working to relegate the continent to a bleak and vulnerable future. In this sense, the book marks a radical departure by providing a comprehensive analysis of Africas vulnerability to AIDS and the challenges confronting policy makers as they seek to reverse its escalating prevalence on the continent.

AIDS in Africa is an immensely valuable introduction to the greatest pandemic facing the world today.

 

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Contents

A Brief History of Postcolonial Africa
16
Understanding the Dynamics of HIVAIDS in Africa
51
The Socioeconomic Impact of HIVAIDS
85
The Challenge of Scaling Up HIVAIDS Treatment Programmes in Africa
124
Lessons from Below
169
Setting Priorities for Confronting HIVAIDS in Africa
189
Glossary
204
Notes
206
References
208
Index
221
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N.Poku, Director of Research, Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa

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