The Effects of Politics on HIV/AIDS Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Study of South Africa and Uganda
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AbstractThis paper evaluates the effects of politics on HIV/AIDS policy in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically comparing South Africa and Uganda. It investigates factors of history and identity in shaping AIDS policy in these countries, while also addressing the role of knowledge and the counter-epistemic community. By understanding the role of leadership in agenda-setting and subsequent state responses to the AIDS epidemic, this argument helps to explain why Uganda has been held up as a model of success in the fight against HIV/AIDS and why South Africa has failed to implement effective policy. This paper concludes with an assessment of how HIV/AIDS is currently being addressed in South Africa and Uganda, and what implications this may hold for the future of the AIDS epidemic.
Degree ProgramHonors College