HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra by Adia Benton

By Adia Benton

In 2002, Sierra Leone emerged from a decadelong civil conflict. looking overseas realization and improvement reduction, its govt confronted a obstacle. although devastated by way of clash, Sierra Leone had a low occurrence of HIV. in spite of the fact that, like such a lot African international locations, it stood to profit from a wide inflow of international money particularly detailed at HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

What Adia Benton chronicles during this ethnographically wealthy and sometimes relocating ebook is how one war-ravaged country reoriented itself as a rustic being affected by HIV on the fee of different, extra urgent overall healthiness issues. in the course of her fieldwork within the capital, Freetown, a urban of 1 million humans, at the least thirty NGOs administered across the world funded courses that integrated HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Benton probes why HIV exceptionalism—the concept that HIV is a phenomenal ailment requiring a very good response—continues to lead methods to the epidemic world wide and particularly in Africa, even in low-prevalence settings.

In the fourth decade because the emergence of HIV/AIDS, many this day are wondering even if the trouble and cash spent in this wellbeing and fitness difficulty has in reality helped or exacerbated the matter. HIV Exceptionalism does this and extra, asking, what are the unanticipated outcomes that HIV/AIDS improvement courses engender?

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