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~New AIDS Book Recreates Wellesley College Conference~

For immediate release:
March 2, 2004

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- A new book, AIDS and South Africa: The Social Expression of a Pandemic, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) edited by Wellesley College economics professors Kyle Kauffman and David Lindauer, is the latest benefit to come from the 2002 Wellesley conference by the same name. The book addresses the economic, social and cultural impact of HIV/AIDS as it relates to South African society.

"In many fundamental ways this volume reflects both the approach and the spirit needed to address the challenge of HIV/AIDS in South Africa," notes Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who wrote the forward to the book. "There will not be one solution to the AIDS pandemic. We need to fight this battle on many fronts. We need to understand the politics, both nationally and internationally, that have conditioned the thus far inadequate response to HIV/AIDS. We need to anticipate the economic consequences of the epidemic and to prepare for them. We need to understand individual behaviour, especially of our youth, that puts too many at risk. We need to promote the activism required for change. This volume addresses these critical elements."

Kauffman and Lindauer aimed to examine these elements to try to turn the tide.

"To gain an understanding of the full social expression of this pandemic requires addressing economics, politics, history, culture and so on," they write. "Without looking at the issues from a broad, multidisciplinary approach one could not hope to: 1) explain the factors leading South Africa to being the HIV/AIDS capital of the world; 2) understand the economic costs to firms, household and society of the pandemic; 3) recommend measures to prevent the spread of the virus and to treat the millions of South Africans already infected; or 4) learn lessons to prevent other countries from facing their own AIDS tragedies."

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