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Letting Them Die: Why HIV/AIDS Intervention Programmes Fail (African Issues)

Letting Them Die Why HIV AIDS Prevention Programmes Fail African Issues.

Letting Them Die" is Catherine Campbell's timely analysis of why HIV intervention programs fail, even when they are highly resourced and well conceived. Campbell draws on observations and data from.

Zuma denied the charge of rape, but acknowledged having had sex with the woman without a condom. One pertinent example of the effects of contrary discourses on opting for unprotected sex that is provided in ‘Letting Them Die’: Why HIV/AIDS Prevention Programmes Fail is the preference for what is locally termed ‘flesh-to-flesh’ sexual contact by miners. These men are pervaded with the ideology of machismo, which stresses fulfilling sexual urges.

Letting Them Die book. In the old South Africa we killed people. Now we're just letting them di. - -Pieter Dirk Uys, South African satirist. Today in South Africa, HIV/AIDS kills about 5 in 10 young people. Many of the victims are miners and commercial sex workers who ply their trade in mining communities. In this critique of and privately funded HIV/AIDS prevention programs "In the old South Africa we killed people. Today in South Africa, HIV/AIDS kills about 5 in 10 young people

Letting Them Die: Why HI. .has been added to your Cart. An important and compelling contribution to the field of public health education. recommended to all those interested in finding ways of addressing the basic issues of health care inequality and social injustice through community education and organisation (Health Education and Behavior). A superb ethnography of a leading HIV/AIDS prevention programme. There is an honesty in Campbell's writing that makes uncomfortable reading (New Political Economy). A superb analysis of community development initiatives.

International African Institute in association with James Currey ; Bloomington, IN. Indiana University Press, (c)2003. Physical Description: ix, 214 p. ;, 23 cm. Title: African issues. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book Letting them die : why HIV/AIDS intervention programmes fail, Catherine Campbell online for free.

Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa. Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa. A South African reader could not but be struck at how little we have advanced compared to the seventeenth century in how we are dealing with AIDS. Yet both are important interventions that should cast a heavy stone in the waters of debate and discussion about disease but also broader issues concerning contemporary South Africa. Campbell is a social psychologist. In 1995 she became involved in what she calls the Summertown HIV-Prevention Project.

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Letting Them Die : Why HIV/AIDS Prevention Programmes Fail. Readers of this journal will be aware of the tragic severity with which HIV and AIDS have affected the African continent. Yet people who study the disease will also be aware of the complexity involved in addressing the pandemic. Prevention, treatment, and care all require different approaches, involving social, clinical, and political interventions.

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Reviews: 6
I bought this as a gift for Philadelphia Fight's library. I read the first, middle, and last chapter before passing it on. This is definitely a good resource guide. If it wasn't a gift, I would have held on it longer. One problem-the font is small. A magnifying page would help when reading.
There are few books about AIDS that are worth reading, let alone reviewing. The vast majority remain constrained by the rigid confines of their conceptualisation, almost none daring to suggest that their conceptualisation might be wrong. The author of this book is one of the very few who dare do this and as a result has produced a book which is not only outstanding intellectually but should also be mandatory reading for anyone who has an interest in programmes that attempt to have an impact on any one of the multitude of epidemics of HIV infection. In fact it should be mandatory reading for anyone who has an interest in programmes that attempt to change the way people are in relation to what are called the development problems of today.
The book describes the author's experiences with a project that started out by trying to reduce the risk of infection by HIV amongst three groups in a mining town in South Africa - female sex workers, male miners, and young people. There were two approaches to doing this: peer education and the "promotion of partnerships between a diverse array of community groupings of stakeholders to coordinate and support the variety of local HIV-prevention efforts in such a way that maximized their overall cumulative effectiveness". The interventions chosen were all invested with the glowing approbation of the international `AIDS project' community as prime examples of what should be done in such situations. In terms of having any impact on the epidemic or on the sexual culture of the area the project has so far been a failure. The author analyses the reasons for this failure in a number of analytical contexts.
The author is very well placed to analyse the history of the project. She herself as a social psychologist had been involved in the township in 1995 in trying to understand the reasons why there is such a high prevalence of HIV infection amongst the miners and sex workers despite their obvious knowledge of the existence of HIV and the ways in which it is transmitted. The studies themselves form part of the opening chapters, and provide very good insight into the conditions of these people's lives and the enormous social factors that influence their lives and decision-making. The following chapters describe the way the project grew as a result of a drive from some local people for work that would affect the growing numbers of people with AIDS and from a group of scientists and professionals (including the author) who had an interest in the area. One chapter provides the initial theoretical justification for the various actions that were taken, with heavy leaning on the writings of Paulo Freire on the conscientisation side, Pierre Bourdieu for social capital, and on the experiences of peer education with sex workers in Zimbabwe of David Wilson and others.
The book will be invaluable for the discussion of the importance of the social context for behaviour, and indeed will be read by many for that alone. It also details the very many ways in which the project's ideals fell by the wayside (the rates of sexually transmitted infection in miners actually rose during the period of the project, there were many difficulties with the peer education approach for young people in school, the stakeholders were far from unified in their vision or even interest) or were partially successful (there were several changes amongst the sex workers), and again these experiences will be as interesting as they are familiar to many who work with such projects.
However this book goes far beyond such a discussion. She points to the inadequacies of our current theoretical and modelling frameworks for such interventions; to the fact that the stakeholders who were involved did not see themselves as part of the epidemic or as people whose behaviour had to change; to the fact that the designers and researchers of the project had much discord and competition amongst themselves; to the great mistrust that developed between the researchers and much of the `community'. In fact, although the author tries to scotch the problem with the definition of `community' by stating that in this case the term `community' refers to the people in a geographic area, the tension behind this definition continues throughout the book as it is acknowledged that only a few of the many individuals and groups in the area were in fact being requested to change their ways - the paternalism and continued power of the `senior' stakeholders continuing throughout.
The value of the book is still more. The lessons drawn in the concluding chapter smack of a level of desperation in the author to find lessons, and this may perhaps be the only weakness of the book. In these lessons the author still struggles to keep the idea going that somehow in a better world the interventions could have had an impact if only people had carried them through according to the wishes of the project designers. The deep question the author raises in the mind of the reader is whether such approaches can ever work in relation to an epidemic (as opposed to being valuable for a few individuals or groups). This question is not actually present in the book (although there are numerous hints of the author's disquiet concerning the mismatch between the daily reality of people's lives and the wishes and interests of the project managers) but it hangs over ever sentence as did the sword over Damocles. As for Dionysius in relation to those who wield power, it is a question hanging over all those who praise mindlessly the black art of development.
Superb study of an HIV/AIDS prevention programme in a South African township. Focussing on mineworkers, sexworkers, young people and (political)stakeholders.
Using several concepts of the social sciences, like empowerment, critical consciousness and social capital, she describes and analyses behaviour of the aforementioned groups in relation to the HIV epidemic in South Africa.
Making use of findings from 'The Summertown Project' she comes to a clear and lively story of the choices people from a marginalized community make.

I used this book for my final thesis on a research I did at an AIDS project in South Africa. It helped me to prepare myself on the things I was going to experience and to put my research in a broader perspective.
If you are interested in how to prevent HIV, in community development work, or in what happens when academic ideals meet local community realities, then this book will stimulate, inform, surprise, and even galvanise you. This important book offers a unique view of the inside workings of an actual community HIV prevention programme as it unfolded. It details the failures of the programme, in order to insist that we must make much more effort to address the hard questions of economic and gender inequalities and political will. By making visible the everyday power dynamics among community members, stakeholders and project workers, the book makes a major contribution to understanding the problematic process of community development.
As someone with an interest in the HIV epidemic, I highly recommend this book to anyone with any level of similar interest (even if it's just curiosity). Catherine Campbell is an excellent writer and an innovative thinker, and takes a hard look at what is being done in this field around the world. What's great about the book, though, is that she not only presents shortcomings of prevention programs, but also essential suggestions for improvement.
This is an exceptional and courageously written book. It is a'must read' for anyone involved in efforts to get groups of people to change their behavior. Limitations of public education efforts identified in this book can be applied to numerous public health endeavors. Without the insights of this author, we will continue to make attempts to apply programs that will fail because we have failed to understand the context in which the undesirable behavior patterns occur. This is a tough, sobering and realistic piece of work.
I also found it a pleasure to read, profoundly interesting, although often tragically so.