Shiselweni Reformed Home-Based Care

Shiselweni Home-Based Care (SHBC) is an NGO based in the southern (Shiselweni) region of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). The aim is to provide basic care to communities in the deep rural areas of Shiselweni. These people would otherwise be forced to rely on their own resources which, in many cases, would inevitably lead to impoverishment and starvation. SHBC trains volunteers in these communities in the skills needed to give holistic care to people in need. It specializes in the care of people living with HIV and AIDS, bringing hope into their lives by addressing stigma, referring people to go for testing, and helping them to adhere to HIV and TB treatment.

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Global Politics of HIV and AIDS – Oxford Handbooks

Global health politics is a new field of study. At the same time that the importance of health for economic growth and development was resonating with policymakers, the HIV and AIDS epidemic was spreading. Although fears of massive global mortality and potential political collapse did not materialize, the disease has had devastating

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Understanding AIDS

I’ve written a guest blog post on Oxford University Press’s blog titled Understanding AIDS:

In 1981, the first cases of patients with the disease that was to become known as AIDS, were identified in hospitals in New York and San Francisco. By late 1983, the cause of AIDS — the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) had been identified. Significant numbers of cases had been reported from central Africa. In southern Africa, where I lived and worked, we had seen only sporadic occurrences — mainly among gay white men. However by 1987, HIV-infected men were identified in the workforce serving the mines industries and farms of South Africa. Armed with knowledge of labour migration and the potential for the spread of this disease, I wrote and presented my first (highly speculative) paper on AIDS at the first ‘Global Impact of AIDS’ conference held in the Barbican Centre in London.

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HIV and AIDS: A Very Short Introduction

The second edition of HIV and AIDS: A Very Short Introduction, by Alan Whiteside, has just been published by Oxford University Press.

HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction provides an introduction to AIDS—the most serious human epidemic in centuries—tackling the science, politics, demographics, and devastating consequences of the disease. The first case was identified in 1981; by 2004 approximately forty million people were living with the disease, and about twenty million had died. The outlook today is a little brighter. Although HIV/AIDS continues to be a pressing public health issue, the epidemic has stabilized. The worst affected regions are Southern and Eastern Africa. Elsewhere, HIV is found in specific, often marginalized populations. Although there remains no cure for HIV, there have been unprecedented breakthroughs in understanding the disease and developing drugs

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Laurier professor’s leadership builds African-led HIV and AIDS research capacity

News release:

WATERLOO – Laurier professor Alan Whiteside is providing his extensive expertise in HIV and AIDS research to lead a training and mobilization project advocating for African-led scholarship. Whiteside will be the lead researcher on a grant to Laurier from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build research and publication capacity among African researchers. The grant will support Whiteside’s training and mobilization project advocating for African-led scholarship in support of the African Journal of AIDS Research.

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Too Much Travel

In November I travelled from Waterloo to the UK, then to Mbabane in Swaziland. From there I went to Durban for two nights. On Friday 13th November I flew to Geneva in Switzerland for four nights. I then headed back to the UK, before finally getting back to Waterloo at the end of November. During this trip, and while I was in Waterloo, I managed to complete the draft of the Very Short Introduction to HIV and AIDS. We actually got it to the publishers ahead of the dead line, just.

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Event: The AIDS Pandemic: Nearly Over, or Still Taking a Toll?

The Stephen Lewis Conversations: The AIDS Pandemic: Nearly Over, or Still Taking a Toll?

Stephen Lewis in conversation with Dr. Alan Whiteside will explore the continuing controversies around HIV/AIDS.

The Stephen Lewis Conversations: The AIDS Pandemic: Nearly Over, or Still Taking a Toll takes place on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm at Ted Rogers School of Management (TRS) Room 1-067, 55 Dundas Street West. Reception from 6pm at TRS2 (8th floor west hallway).

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New publications

Three new papers have recently been made available. They are:

The political economy of HIV

The political economy of HIV

Alan Whiteside (2015): The key questions in the AIDS epidemic in 2015, Review of African Political Economy, 42:145, 455-466, DOI: 10.1080/03056244.2015.1064371.
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Alan Whiteside & Nicholas Zebryk (2015): Ebola and AIDS in Africa, Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue canadienne des études africaines


Robin Root, Arnau Van Wyngaard, & Alan Whiteside (2015): Reckoning HIV / AIDS care: A longitudinal study of community home-based caregivers and clients in Swaziland, African Journal of AIDS Research, DOI: 10.2989/16085906.2015.1059864.
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