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Black Death: AIDS in Africa
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To the surprise of many, George W. Bush pledged $10 billion to combat AIDS in developing nations. Noted specialist Susan Hunter tells the untold story of AIDS in Africa, home to 80 percent of the 40 million people in the world currently infected with HIV. She weaves together the history of colonialism in Africa, an insider's take on the reluctance of drug companies to provide cheap medication and vaccines in poor countries, and personal anecdotes from the 20 years she spent in Africa working on the AIDS crisis. Taken together, these strands make it unmistakably clear that a history of the exploitation of developing nations by the West is directly responsible for the spread of disease in developing nations and the AIDS pandemic in Africa. Hunter looks at what Africans are already doing on the ground level to combat AIDS, and what the world can and must do to help. Accessibly written and hard-hitting, Black Death brings the staggering statistics to life and paints for the first time a stunning picture of the most important political issue today.
Book News Annotation:
Writing for the general public, medical anthropologist Hunter seeks to unravel the scientific, social, political, economic, and historic aspects of the AIDS crisis in Africa, demanding that long-term control of the disease will require both individual and social change. After first providing a picture of the global AIDS crisis, she presents a picture of Africa's political and economic development, then turning her attention to the dynamics of epidemics in general. She also applies evolutionary theory to the understanding of AIDS, controversially suggesting, among other observations, that genetics plays a role in the attitudes of non- Africans towards African crisis.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. -241) and index.
Noted specialist Susan Hunter tells the untold story of AIDS in Africa, home to 80 percent of the 40 million people in the world currently infected with HIV.
About the Author
Susan Hunter is an independent consultant who has worked at the highest policy level with world health organizations (UNAIDS, UNICEF, USAID) in Africa over the last 20 years.
Table of Contents
Introduction * AIDS and the World * Africa's Political and Economic Development * Epidemic Rules, Part I: Causes and Conditions * Epidemic Rules, Part II: Internal Dynamics of Epidemics * Sexually Transmitted Diseases * Disease and Evolution * Evolution and Epidemic Management
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