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The HIV PandemicLocal and Global Implications$
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Eduard J. Beck, Nicholas Mays, Alan W. Whiteside, and José M. Zuniga

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237401.001.0001

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The contribution of civil society

The contribution of civil society

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(p.706) Chapter 47 The contribution of civil society
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The HIV Pandemic
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José M Zuniga

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237401.003.0047

The involvement of civil society organizations with the HIV response, is arguably the largest ever seen in both breadth and depth. Never before have civil society organizations (CSOs) done so much to contribute to the fight against a global health crisis, or been so included in the decisions making process by policy-makers. The direct involvement of CSOs in the treatment and care of people living with HIV is partially related to the nature of the pandemic. Less tied to bureaucracy than the more institutionalized actors in domestic healthcare systems and intergovernmental organizations, CSOs operate more nimbly and are often better able to respond quickly to needs created by HIV. This can be true in the case of local CSOs, which are more attuned to the community, or international CSOs, which are able to transfer and employ global expertise and monetary resources better than many domestic health systems can do unaided.

Keywords:   civil society organizations, global health crisis, activism, advocacy, domestic health systems

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