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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

PEPFAR, the NeoCons, and the Religious Right: Evaluating the American Plan Against AIDS in Africa

PEPFAR is nearly half way through its five year, $15 billion funding of a program to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in Africa. This presentation will evaluate the current status of PEPFAR. Basic elements of the program includes preferential funding of unsuccessful abstinence-only prevention programs, preferential funding of inexperienced faith-based organizations over more experienced secular organizations, more costly brand-name pharmaceuticals, prohibiting the funding of programs that would assist sex workers, and ignoring the needs of men who have sex with men. It is argued that the primary purpose of PEPFAR is not to end AIDS in Africa. Rather it is to strengthen the political alliance of the NeoCons with the religious right, while using Africa as a base to promote both groups' ideology.

Presenter: Douglas Feldman (Faculty)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 9:55 am (Session I)