Ascendance in Global Health

On October 28, 2008, in aid effectiveness, global health, HIV/AIDS, by Karen Grepin

Why do some diseases or health issues capture our attention more than others? Why, as I referenced in an earlier post, do you some diseases get so much more money than other or that could be justified based on their disease burden?

Earlier today I had the great pleasure to attend a talk by Jeremy Shiffman at the annual APHA meeting in San Diego. He argues that it can largely be explained by the rise of institutions to support these diseases as well as how these issues are framed. For example, he argues that HIV/AIDS has successfully been framed as a threat to security, development, and society the world over – an argument that resonates well with donors. In addition, institutions, such as the UNAIDS have been very successful at propagating the exceptionalism of HIV/AIDS argument over the years. He now plans to spend much of the next year analyzing a series of case studies in global health to test his theory.

To read more on Jeremy’s work, click here.

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