'The text is well-written, exceptionally informative, impressively clear even on complex scientific issues, and balanced in its judgements. It is written by two acknowledged experts in the field. The book is timely and important and should be published. I cannot think of two authors more suited to undertake such an ambitious and wide-ranging piece of work.' - Professor Shula Marks, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
'Overall, it is an impressive book, worthy of publishing. I certainly do not know of any other book that provides such a broad picture of causes and consequences. The sociology in the book on susceptibility and its causes and effects is, perhaps, the most unique aspect. It raises lots of interesting issues and provides a useful depth of information. The section on economic impacts is first rate and includes a wealth of examples that should be interesting to economists, business people and planners.' - Mr John Stover, The Futures Group International
'Overall, I find the book compelling, persuasive, very readable and informative. I feel that it will find an eager audience, including in the NGO and academic communities. I feel that it has the potential to refocus HIV/AIDS thinking and programs. I appreciated the writing style. The text flows easily, difficult concepts are explained in ways that readers will understand, and jargon is kept to a minimum or fully explained.' - Dr Bill Rau, member of the Board of Directors of the Africa Policy Information Center in the US
'This book should be read by every businessman, not only in Africa, throughout the world - because it uncovers in new and more meaningful ways the terrifying global, social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS...[It] breaks fresh ground by offering solid reasoning why the conventional wisdom that relates wealth and poverty to the extremes of HIV/AIDS prevalence needs to be revisited.' - African Business
Essential reading for social and medical scientists and all those interested in infectious diseases and public health, AIDS and the Twenty-First Century examines the social and economic origins and impacts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. HIV/AIDS is not only a medical problem. It is an indication of the scale of the global crisis in public health. Accessibly written, this book is necessary reading for policymakers, students and all those who are concerned about the relationship between poverty, inequality and infectious diseases.
Introduction: Disease, Change, Consciousness and Denial
The Disease and its Epidemiology
Susceptibility: Epidemic Roots
Vulnerability and Impact
Introduction to Impact
Impact: Individuals, Households and
Dependants: Orphans and the Elderly
Subsistence Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods
HIV/AIDS and 'For Profit' Enterprise
Aids, Development and Economic Growth
Government and Governance
TONY BARNETT is Professor of Development Studies in the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, and Overseas Visiting Professor at the Institute of Development Economics, Tokyo.
ALAN WHITESIDE is Director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division at the University of Natal, South Africa. He is editor of AIDS Analysis Africa. He has undertaken a wide range of consultancy projects and published numerous papers on HIV/AIDS. His most recent book (with Clem Sunter) is AIDS: The Challenge for South Africa.
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