Letting Them Die

Letting Them Die : Why HIV/AIDS Prevention Programmes Fail

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In the old South Africa we killed people. Now we're just letting them die." -Pieter Dirk Uys, South African satiristToday in South Africa, HIV/AIDS kills about 5 in 10 young people. Many of the victims are miners and commercial sex workers who ply their trade in mining communities. In this critique of government-sponsored and privately funded HIV/AIDS prevention programs in South Africa, Catherine Campbell exposes why it has been so difficult to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Campbell's research focuses on local vectors of the disease such as what people believe about the spread and prevention of AIDS, what measures they take to prevent disease, and whether they are likely to seek treatment at local AIDS clinics. "Letting Them Die" is not just an investigation into sexuality, social relations, health, and medicine; it is also a sharp review of the kinds of programs that are becoming the standard method of HIV/AIDS intervention throughout Africa.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 14mm | 258.55g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253216354
  • 9780253216359
  • 1,699,809

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. . . of universal interest . . . a guidebook for anyone running or working in a health related programme in a developing country . . . * African Review of Books * A remarkable book . . . a signal example of why Campbell is considered one of the foremost researchers on HIV and AIDS. It is trenchant, troubling, meticulously reasoned and compellingly written. * New England Journal of Medicine *show more

About Catherine Campbell

Catherine Campbell is a Reader at the London School of Economics and an External Professor at the University of Natal.show more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: AcknowledgmentsPart 1. Sexuality and Sexual Health in the Summertown Mining Community: Context and Concepts1. Sexuality, Participation, and Social Change2. "Going underground and going after women": HIV Transmission amongst Mineworkers3. Mobilizing a Local Community to Prevent HIV/AIDS: The Summertown Project4. Community, Participation, and Sexual Health: Conceptual ChallengesPart 2. Sexuality, Sexual Health, and Peer Education amongst Summertown Sex Workers5. The Social Organization of Commercial Sex Work6. Sex Workers Organize to Fight HIV Transmission: Community-Led Peer Education in an Informal, "Hard-to-Reach" Setting7. Factors Shaping the Success of Community Mobilisation in Informal SettingsPart 3. Sexuality and Sexual Health amongst Young People in Summertown8. HIV Transmission amongst Young People: Gender, Social Norms, and Sexuality9. Changing Young People's Sexual Behavior?: Youth-Led Participatory HIV Prevention in SummertownPart 4. Power, Participation, and Political Will: The Context of HIV Prevention Efforts10. Make or Break: Stakeholder Collaboration in Project Planning11. Make or Break: Technical Capacity and Grassroots Identification with Project Goals12. Commitment, Conceptualization, and Capacityshow more

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