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Rethink HIV Social Policy

The purpose of the RethinkHIV project is to identify and highlight the most cost-effective responses to HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) with economic analyses of the benefits and costs of specific interventions in six categories of responses to HIV/AIDS. These are the Assessment and Perspective Papers on the fifth of the six topics: Social Policy Responses to HIV.

Assessment Paper

This paper considers interventions to address the following four social drivers of HIV vulnerability: 

  • problematic alcohol use; 
  • transactional sex between young girls and older men;
  • social norms about gender roles;
  • and stigma and discrimination towards people infected with or affected by HIV.

The Assessment Paper on the topic of Social Policy is authored by Charlotte Watts, Professor of Social and Mathematical Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Michelle Remme, Health Finance Specialist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Anna Vassall, Lecturer Economics of HIV at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Another Perspective by Harounan Kazianga

Each Perspective Paper reviews the assumptions and analyses made within the Assessment Paper. In this way, a range of informed perspectives are provided on the topic. This Perspective Paper start by discussing the issues policy makers are likely to be confronted with when they attempt to scale-up promising pilot studie, and has been written by Harounan Kazianga, Assistant Professor, Spears School of Business at the Oklahoma State University.

Another Perspective by Tony Barnett

The development of social policy interventions in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been framed in the language of metaphors. Three critical and often used metaphors have been unexamined.

A Perspective Paper, Social Policy: Metaphors and Hope, by Tony Barnett, Professor at the London School of Economics.