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The Embodiment of the World

Didier Fassin

in When Bodies Remember

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520244672
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940451 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520244672.003.0005
The Embodiment of the World

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A meeting of the AIDS Consortium was held in Johannesburg at the headquarters of COSATU, the Congress of South African Trade Unions on March 30, 2004. The organization, which united most of the NGOs that have been combating AIDS in South Africa over previous years, is dominated by the National Association of People Living with AIDS (NAPWA) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). TAC is more urban and international and has a relatively small number of Africans in its most visible avant-garde, whereas NAPWA is more representative of the country overall, including rural areas, and is firmly anchored nationally, with a large majority of African patients. A complete turnabout in policy on the part of the mining industry took place in 2001 when Anglo Platinum and De Beers, the two largest South African platinum and diamond companies, respectively, declared that they had decided to implement prevention, testing, and care programs using a “global” approach careful to respect “anonymity” and to fight against “discrimination.”

Keywords: AIDS Consortium; discrimination; AIDS; Treatment Action Campaign; antiretroviral therapy

Chapter.  25230 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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