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Title:Politics, Etiquette, and the Fight against HIV/AIDS in Kenya: Negotiating for a Common Front
Author:Kwena, Zachary A.
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:public opinion
health policy
Health and Nutrition
Politics and Government
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
HIV-positive persons
AIDS (Disease)
government policy
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24484554
Abstract:HIV/AIDS is the single most serious socioeconomic and health problem affecting Kenya presently. The rapid spread of the epidemic resulted from the failure of government to recognize it as a problem early enough and institute necessary measures to counter it. Until 1999, when the government declared HIV/AIDS a national disaster, there had been no clear policy guidelines on how to tackle the epidemic. Today, there are efforts from various stakeholders to slow down the spread of the epidemic, such as education and creating awareness, advocacy of the use of condoms, HIV/AIDS medical research, criminalizing the deliberate spread of HIV/AIDS, and the introduction of family life education in schools. Some of these efforts have caused much debate and controversy, sometimes taking a political angle. This diversity of views and standpoints may be healthy especially when it comes to finding concrete solutions to the problem. However, this is only so if unity in diversity is achieved within a certain time-frame before the problem gets out of hand. This article tries to assess the efforts and methods suggested in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Kenya and the resultant controversies, debates and chances for unity in diversity. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, adapted]