Department of Sociology

Rachel Sullivan Robinson - "Intimate Interventions: Preventing Pregnancy and Preventing HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa"

Wed, November 2, 2011 | BUR 214

2:00 PM

Why have so many countries in Africa done so poorly combating the HIV epidemic?  While many have highlighted a lack of political will, poverty, and cultural obstacles, Robinson argues that a better explanation can be found in the resilience of domestic institutions, and in the interaction between international donors and national governments.  Using case-studies of Malawi, Nigeria, and Senegal, she traces the transfer of resources, discourses, and technologies from the management of population growth to the management of HIV prevention efforts. Her talk will focus on Senegal.
Rachel Sullivan Robinson, Assistant Professor of Sociology in the School of International Service at American University, researches the politics of population, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Her most recent work has explored the process of population policy adoption by African governments and the emergence of reproductive health NGOs. She is currently working on a book project, entitled Intimate Interventions, which extends her research on population policy to examine how countries’ political and organizational efforts to slow rapid population growth impacted their ability to combat HIV/AIDS. This project focuses on Senegal, Nigeria, and Malawi.

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