AIDS policies in the developing world : a comparative study
Although the AIDS epidemic has been widely followed and documented, it has most often been analyzed exclusively as a medical problem. This thesis considers the political factors behind the various government responses to the AIDS crisis in four countries: Brazil, India, South Africa and Uganda. Case studies are presented that chronicle the history and response to the AIDS crisis in each of these countries. Countries in the developing world were chosen for analysis because that is where 90 percent of AIDS infections occur. This thesis seeks to identify the political forces that motivate governments to respond to the AIDS epidemic, along with the political forces that drive governments to ignore the AIDS problem. AIDS is an expensive problem with which governments must deal; various ways governments have financed their AIDS prevention programs are discussed. This thesis examines the response of political groups who seek to devise AIDS prevention strategies and influence government AIDS policies. In many cases, new interest groups arise from the at-risk population with the intention of spurring the government to respond to their concerns. Finally, the case studies are examined for patterns that identify common political forces that affect how governments respond to the AIDS crisis, as well as those political forces unique to specific countries.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences;AIDS (Disease) -- Brazil;AIDS (Disease) -- Developing countries;AIDS (Disease) -- Government policy;AIDS (Disease) -- India;AIDS (Disease) -- South Africa;AIDS (Disease) -- Uganda
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Oigarden, David W., "AIDS policies in the developing world : a comparative study" (2002). HIM 1990-2015. 251.