AIDS in Africa: How the Poor are Dying / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745631585
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/10/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

N.Poku, Director of Research, Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa

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Table of Contents

Figures, Tables and Boxes
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Africa's AIDS Crisis in Context 1
1 Stagnation, Decline and Vulnerability: A Brief History of Post-colonial Africa 16
2 Understanding the Dynamics of HIV/AIDS in Africa 51
3 The Socio-economic Impact of HIV/AIDS 85
4 The Challenge of Scaling Up HIV/AIDS Treatment Programmes in Africa 124
5 Community-Based Strategies: Lessons from Below 169
6 Setting Priorities for Confronting HIV/AIDS in Africa 189
Glossary 204
Notes 206
References 208
Index 221
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