The global fight against AIDS: how adequate are the national commissions?
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 16, Issue 8, pages 1129–1140, November 2004
How to Cite
Putzel, J. (2004), The global fight against AIDS: how adequate are the national commissions?. J. Int. Dev., 16: 1129–1140. doi: 10.1002/jid.1167
- Issue published online: 8 NOV 2004
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2004
This article examines the response of the international community to the HIV/AIDS crisis, focusing on efforts to promote a ‘multisectoral’ approach to fighting the epidemic. It critically assesses the evolution of an ‘organizational template’, which requires developing country governments to establish stand-alone National AIDS Commissions in order to receive funding for HIV/AIDS programmes. While the World Bank, based on interpretations generated by the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and bilateral donors, claims that the model is derived from successful experience, an examination of evidence particularly from Uganda, Senegal and Malawi, suggests that National Commissions have not worked well and may, in fact, have contributed to weakening health sectors attempting to cope with the crisis. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.