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Title:United against HIV/AIDS? Politics of local governance in HIV/AIDS treatment in Lusikisiki, South Africa
Authors:Evensen, Jane VogtISNI
Stokke, KristianISNI
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies (ISSN 1465-3893)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:health policy
local government
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03057071003607402
Abstract:South Africa is currently moving from a polarized politicization of the right to treatment, towards contentions over the implementation of treatment programmes for people living with HIV/AIDS. This article examines the politics of local governance in the Lusikisiki HIV/AIDS programme in the Eastern Cape Province. This is a case where the principal State and civil society actors, the Department of Health (DoH) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), seem to have transcended previous conflicts and entered into partnership facilitated by the international NGO Médecins sans frontières (MSF). The article examines the political dynamics associated with the initiation of the Lusikisiki programme, the mobilization of local communities, and the transition from pilot project to public sector programme for HIV/AIDS treatment. It observes that the programme has been characterized by both cooperation and conflict between the DoH, the TAC and MSF, and that local politics in the Lusikisiki programme are inscribed in a broader multi-scale politics of defining and implementing policies for HIV/AIDS treatment in South Africa. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]