chapter  9
12 Pages

The Politics of Civil Society in Confronting HIV/AIDS

ByBill Rau

From the onset of the epidemic, non-governmental organisations ( NGOs), and formal and informal community-based organisations ( CBOs) have been in the forefront of promoting prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS and advocating approaches. Most governments and international agencies only belatedly have acknowledged the effectiveness and effi ciencies of these approaches. The systemic challenges underlying (and understated) the responses of civil society groups to HIV/AIDS have been ignored or co-opted.