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AIDS Africa: Continent in Crisis; “Letting Them Die”: Why HIV/AIDS Prevention Programmes Fail

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1081
  1. Justin O Parkhurst, research fellow (
  1. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    AIDS Africa: Continent in Crisis

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    Helen Jackson

    Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Services,$10 in Africa, $20 elsewhere, pp 440 ISBN 0 7974 2428 8


    “Letting Them Die” : Why HIV/AIDS Prevention Programmes Fail

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    Catherine Campbell

    James Currey, £12.95, pp 214 ISBN 0 85255 868 6 US edition:Indiana University Press, $22.95 ISBN 0 253 21635 4

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    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.

    There is no shortage of angles to take when addressing HIV and AIDS in Africa, yet Jackson's substantial tome tries to tackle them all. The book aims to be a general reference book on all manner of topics related to HIV and AIDS—although readers will note that …

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