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

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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 Africa's AIDS crisis accept that, to some degree, its entrenchment is a socially produced phenomenon, few have examined the contributions of the continent's ubiquitous poverty, the impact of the pervasive Structural Adjustment Programmes or Africa's marginalization in the process of globalization, on the course and intensity of the epidemic - until now. This book explores the socio-economic context of Africa's vulnerability to HIV/AIDS as well as assessing the politics of domestic and global response. Using primary and secondary data, the book charts the power relations driving Africa's 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, this book marks a radical departure by providing a comprehensive analysis of Africa's vulnerability to AIDS and the challenges confronting policy makers as they seek to reverse the escalating prevalence of AIDS on the continent. The volume will be of immense value to all those interested in Africa's socio-political and economic development. It will be essential reading for students of comparative politics, international relations, and globalization.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Should be required reading for anyone involved in shapingnational and international responses to the epidemic.”
International Affairs

"AIDS in Africa must serve as a call to action. Everybodyshould read it."
Kenneth D. Kaunda, First President of Zambia and Patron ofthe Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa

"This book assesses the broad spectrum of challenges thatHIV/AIDS poses to the global community. It addresses the epidemicas a social, moral, ethical and economic imperative which brooks nodenial. It is recommended reading for all engaged in overcoming thechallenges of HIV infection and AIDS in Africa."
Joy Phumaphi, Assistant Director-General, Family andCommunity Health, World Health Organization

"This book provides a clear, readable and cogent account forstudents of health and politics of how the AIDS epidemic in Africaneeds to be understood: as in part the consequence of a politicaldimension that has underpinned its spread, hinders its retreat andshapes responses to it."
Adrian Leftwich, University of York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745631585
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • 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
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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