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The field of global health has a deeply intertwining history with HIV/AIDS, as the disease is a defining point in the modern evolution of practices such as epidemiology and health-based strategy development. Ever since HIV/AIDS was first declared in the early 1980s, numerous interventions have been created which claim to provide high rates of efficacy, but little literature exists to explain the outcomes of these initiatives. There is also a collective understanding of what constitutes an effective program, but there are few comprehensive resources that present a thorough analysis on how successfully applicable these planning steps have been towards HIV/AIDS, especially in considering both the financial and socio-cultural aspects of initiative strategizing. This paper looks at some of the concerns related to global health programming efficacy and its importance to the international campaign against HIV/AIDS. Specific areas of interest include the differences between cost-effective solutions and expensive yet worthwhile financial investments, the importance of understanding regional customs in regards to a disease which touches upon socially sensitive concerns, and how the pecuniary and societal sides of constructing initiatives are both necessary in creating effective programs.

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Efficacy of HIV/AIDS-Based Global Health Initiatives

Sara Hwang

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