By Alex de Waal
Why, 20 years into the main issue, are democratic governments appearing so poorly in tackling AIDS in Africa? De Waal argues that latest ways are pushed by means of pursuits and frameworks that fail to have interaction with African societies' resilience and creativity. Already, African groups have confounded many of the worst predictions of catastrophe. If accurately supported, they're going to locate methods of maintaining improvement and democracy in the course of HIV/AIDS.
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The message is consistent to the point of being formulaic. It may not be exciting but it keeps AIDS in the news. Such coverage may risk dampening interpersonal discussions, however, because it is too dull. Interestingly, readers demand more medical and scientific stories, and less coverage of politicians and programmes. People want the facts, debates and news. With a diet of ‘good news’ stories and a decreasing rate of HIV, we might expect the Ugandan public to be enthusiastic about its government’s much-lauded HIV/AIDS efforts.
The answer has the following parts. It begins with the synergy between human rights activism and public health in the response to AIDS, beginning in America and developing in Africa. In parallel there has been a transformation of humanitarian action and human rights practice, driven in part by changes in Africa’s position vis-à-vis the West since the end of the Cold War. Finally, and most unexpectedly, the practice of revolutionary solidarity has been taken up in America by the libertarian and religious right.
It is a disease from somewhere else – specifically identified with people who are thought to be troublemakers. But the narrator quickly points out that ‘there are very few Hillbrowans, if you think about it, who were not originally wanderers from Tiragolong and other rural villages, who have come here, as we have, in search of education and work. The focus is on the social and personal problems that the epidemic generates, and how people deal with those. Politics is present: the politics of relations between the sexes and the generations, between residents and newcomers.
AIDS and Power: Why there is no Political Crisis - Yet (African Arguments) by Alex de Waal