AIDS Policy in Uganda: Evidence, Ideology, and the Making of an African Success Story

Hardcover | August 15, 2010

byJohn Kinsman

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This book presents a comprehensive history of Africa’s best-known AIDS “success story,” from the start of the epidemic in the early 1980s up until 2005. It focuses on the various ways in which evidence and ideology have contributed to AIDS policy in Uganda, and it places the development of the country’s innovative prevention and treatment strategies into the context of international, national, and local processes. Through this, John Kinsman shows how the country became an important influence in defining global AIDS control strategies.

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This book presents a comprehensive history of Africa’s best-known AIDS “success story,” from the start of the epidemic in the early 1980s up until 2005. It focuses on the various ways in which evidence and ideology have contributed to AIDS policy in Uganda, and it places the development of the country’s innovative prevention and treatm...

John Kinsman is Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam’s Centre for Global Health and Inequality, and Guest Senior Lecturer at the Umeå International School of Public Health in Sweden.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:258 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:August 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230104282

ISBN - 13:9780230104280

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Table of Contents

Key themes and concepts * Accepting the unacceptable: Establishing a national response to AIDS in Uganda * Working on a hunch: A history of HIV prevention in Uganda * Overcoming resistance: Big Men and the scale-up of antiretroviral therapy provision * The Masaka Intervention Trial: A case study in the interpretation of complex research findings * What has guided AIDS control policy in Uganda?

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'Groundbreaking. Intrigued by what could actually have guided AIDS control in Uganda, the author investigated a flagship research which was set up in the early days of the epidemic to guide policy. The lesson the book teaches us all is that for a socially and sexually determined epidemic such as HIV/AIDS, the linkages in collaboration, cooperation and investment of resources must be multilevel: at global, institutional, patient-doctor and individual patient levels.'- Sam Agatre Okuonzi, The Independent 'AIDS Policy in Uganda is well written, about an important topic, and contains observations and criticisms that deserve broad discussion.'- American Anthropologist "An accessible and compelling story of evidence and AIDS . . . Beautifully written and argued." - Gill Walt, Professor Emeritus of International Health Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine "John Kinsman brings a health educator's and anthropologist's perspective to examining the AIDS policy process in Uganda. His unique insights make fascinating reading and suggest how important it is for policy advisers to understand the context, influences, and personalities of decision makers in addition to the scientific factors. This very readable book has much to teach those who advise on health policy issues." - Dr Richard Laing, Department of Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland "This book is written with great sensibility to Ugandan culture. Using a political-economy approach, it shows that HIV/AIDS in Uganda is not purely a medical problem, but one that is anchored in multiple economic and structural contexts, globally, nationally and locally. The book will appeal to a wide audience and make an important contribution to the field of medical anthropology, especially as it pertains to international health policy, the social history of AIDS, and social epidemiology." - Professor Charles B. Rwabukwali, Department of Sociology, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda