The struggle to broaden access to HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa: Why do donor agencies prefer prevention?
A seminar presentation organised by the South Africa Programme of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
The huge burden of AIDS-related illness and death presents Southern African with a state of emergency. The predominant emphasis hitherto in donor policy circles upon prevention is simply being outstripped and overwhelmed by the huge increases in those infected and dying. Why then do donor development agencies remain largely silent about the provision of anti-retroviral treatment?
The seminar presentation seeks to explain this medical neglect of an entire continent, as well as the more general failure to fulfil the right to health in Africa. Whilst some of these factors are related to Southern Africa’s position in relation to globalization, this does not fully explain the decisions that donors are able to make concerning HIV/AIDS policy. Alternative explanations must be identified. Above all, there are both compelling moral, humanitarian and developmental arguments for urgently extending treatment.
Seminar presentation by Peris Jones, Researcher, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.
Discussant to be confirmed
Date and Time: 11-12.30am, Tuesday 27th May
Place: Seminar Room, 3rd Floor of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, 22-24 Universitetsgaten (above Norli´s bookstore)