Society of African Journal Editors

South African Journal of International Affairs

The AIDS epidemic in Brazil: Public health and community responses

Authors: Mário Scheffer

Journal: South African Journal of International Affairs

Brazil boasts one of the world's most successful programmes to confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic, in spite of the country's rather low social and health indicators. The government recognised early the threat that HIV/AIDS posed to Brazil, and initiated a great number of programmes. However, the success of prevention programmes, assistance to those infected and control of the epidemic in Brazil are the result of a combination of political will, technical and human resource capacity, adequate funding and, most important, social mobilisation.