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An Introduction to Global Health Delivery$
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Joia S. Mukherjee

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190662455

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190662455.001.0001

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Reversing the Tide

Reversing the Tide

Lessons from the Movement for AIDS Treatment Access

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An Introduction to Global Health Delivery
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Joia S. Mukherjee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190662455.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the emergence of the AIDS pandemic. It covers the emergence of symptoms associated with HIV, the discovery of the virus, and the understanding of its transmission. It emphasizes the importance of AIDS activists in acceleration of the development of drugs that changed the disease from a terminal to chronic disease. AIDS activists throughout the world then worked together to fight for equitable distribution of AIDS treatment. The movement drew an explicit connection between the AIDS pandemic and the right to health and succeeded in garnering novel funding for global health delivery. AIDS changed many things in global health, from patient-led activism to drug discovery to the long-term provision of care. In this book, the global health era is defined as the period after 2000, when AIDS activism helped shift the health paradigm in impoverished countries from prevention only to the delivery of health care.

Keywords:   HIV/AIDS, activism, UNAIDS, HAART/ART, drug pricing, intellectual property law, TRIPS, the Global Fund, PEPFAR, Lazarus effect

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