The future agenda for anthropological research on the HIV/AIDS pandemic (IUAES Commission on the Anthropology of AIDS) 
Frants Staugaard (The Ipelegeng Foundation)
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Life and Death
University Place Theatre
Thursday 8 August, 9:00-10:00, 11:00-12:00 (UTC+0)

Short Abstract:

HIV remains the worst pandemic in world history, retarding development. Topics for discussion include costs and benefits of antiretroviral treatments, the role of traditional institutions and community organizations and better means of interdisciplinary cooperation

Long Abstract

Despite an apparent recent reduction in numbers HIV/AIDS is still regarded as the worst pandemic in world history and is a major factor retarding development especially in sub Saharan Africa. Among the topics for discussion are, a critical examination of the reported decline in numbers noting instances where infection of HIV or related diseases remains high, the costs as well as benefits of anti retro viral treatments especially in poor countries and communities, the changing evaluations of risk and cultural construction concerning the main modes of transmission of the virus, the roles of traditional healers and the adaption of traditional institutions generally, the possibilities of "task shifting" in the 57 countries identified by WHO as having no or very many too few trained health extension workers, the emergence of new subcultures around the pandemic especially in migrant situations, the role of networks, the prospects for open and e-learning, the place of grassroots and community organizations, especially women and young people in " development from below" processes, changes needed in the roles of national and international programmes especially the involvement of NGOs and "civil society", new ways for anthropology graduates to work in prevention and control, better means of interdisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation .

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