HIV epidemics in developing countries

Looking beyond health dimensions to the role of development


International Development Planning Review, Volume 27, Number 1, p 8-xii, Liverpool University Press

Authors:  Lee-Nah Hsu



It might seem provocative to discuss HIV epidemics within a Development Planning Review as if such epidemics could be “planned”. However, “development” adds a crucial dimension to the spread of HIV, without development practitioners being sufficiently aware of this important dimension. The present Viewpoint attempts to highlight some of these development dimensions in order to advocate greater deliberate involvement of development practitioners in containing and reversing HIV/AIDS epidemics. A related objective is to advocate that researchers assist development practitioners in such efforts, even if this process requires, to some extent, the adoption of a trial-and-error approach and considerable involvement in field activities.


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