National responses to HIV/AIDS: the importance of understanding context.
As the global fight against HIV/AIDS continues, governments must devise and implement strategies to address and combat the spread of the disease. International organisations, such as UNAIDS, have taken the lead in providing guidance for many parts of the world.Yet, at the national level, policies and programmes have shown great variation, even among countries that would seem to have much in common in terms of the state of the epidemic, per capita GDP (gross domestic product), or other objective measurements. Often overlooked, however, in understanding national responses to the epidemic, are other key contextual aspects such as national culture, political environment and the actors involved in policy implementation.
Journal of Health Services and Research Policy 8(3): 131-133 pp. [doi:10.1258/135581903322029467]