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By J. Kinsman

This e-book provides a background of AIDS keep watch over in Uganda, from the beginning of the epidemic within the early Eighties up till 2005. Uganda is celebrated the world over as an AIDS 'success story', either for its bringing down HIV prevalence and occurrence over the Nineteen Nineties, and for its leading edge method of scaling up the supply of antiretroviral treatment.

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As Putzel (2004) describes in relation to the Ugandan AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s, a threshold had been crossed and it became politically more expedient to take action rather than to continue with the status quo. WHO and other UN agencies therefore took the lead in developing these extremely ambitious targets for prevention and treatment, with a particular focus on improving conditions in heavily affected developing countries. But those who set the MDG target for AIDS have been accused of being “profoundly naïve,” and of setting an “impractical” target, with “no evidence [being used in] the setting of the strategy” (ODI, 2004b:7).

Silva (1997) adopted a multilevel perspective in his historical study of conflicting interests and discourses about malaria control in colonial Sri Lanka, and he convincingly showed how actors at different levels held entirely different explanatory models for the same thing—malaria. :207). The “peasant discourse”—promulgated by the very people most affected by the problem—was entirely removed from any sort of biomedical explanation. Indeed, the peasants had never even entertained the possibility that the fevers they experienced bore any relationship to the bite of a mosquito.

1948). A previous study on guinea pigs with TB had demonstrated the dramatic beneficial effects of streptomycin, so it was felt that there was also a reasonable chance that the drug would work well for human TB patients. But in post–World War II Britain, with widespread rationing and only limited drug supplies, it was always necessary to do more with less. The British government had managed to purchase 50 kilograms of the new antibiotic from its American manufacturers—even 26 AIDS POLICY IN UGANDA though the efficacy of the drug was at that stage uncertain—most of which was to be used for treating British pulmonary TB patients, in the mere belief that it was effective.

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