Drugs Into Bodies: Global Aids Treatment Activism by Raymond A. SmithDrugs Into Bodies: Global Aids Treatment Activism by Raymond A. Smith

Drugs Into Bodies: Global Aids Treatment Activism

byRaymond A. Smith

Hardcover | March 31, 2006

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More than 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, yet only a small fraction have access to life-saving treatments. For many years, governments, pharmaceutical companies, and even some international relief agencies have called this a tragic but unavoidable situation, given the high cost of the medications used to fight HIV. A small but growing group of activists, however, have banded together to prove that the obstacles to universal HIV treatments are mostly human-made, and thus can be overcome by human actions. Drugs into Bodies chronicles the birth and expansion of the global AIDS treatment activist movement, focusing in particular on the U.S.-based organization Health GAP. Drawing on the legacy of the protest group ACT UP and other earlier AIDS activism, Health GAP and like-minded allies have forged a global network to combat the AIDS crisis in Africa and throughout the developing world. From the White House to the United Nations, from plush corporate offices to South African shantytowns, AIDS treatment activists have defied the dictates of globalization, altered government policies, shamed multinational corporations, secured funding for treatment, and brought hope to millions of people with HIV.
Title:Drugs Into Bodies: Global Aids Treatment ActivismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:196 pages, 9.6 × 6.36 × 0.81 inPublished:March 31, 2006Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275983250

ISBN - 13:9780275983253

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Editorial Reviews

?This activist's manual by Smith and Siplon -the title of which refers to an AIDS slogan-is divided into two parts: "Building a Domestic AIDS Treatment Activist Movement" and "Forging a Global AIDS Treatment Activist Network." The book traces the progression of the global AIDS treatment activist movement, paying special attention to the organization Health GAP. It promotes disruptive activists' tactics introduced by the protest group ACT UP, an agenda greatly facilitated by the rise of the Internet and capable of empowering the disenfranchised across national boundaries by encouraging demonstrations and confrontational politics against a profit-driven global economy and antipoor global politics. Social activists will find this book an invaluable resource. For libraries serving that audience.??Library Journal