Getting up to speed: South Africa's tertiary institutions and HIV/AIDS

Lindsey Martin, Peter Alexander

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The sluggish response to HIV/AIDS by the South African government was mirrored by the initial reaction of the country's higher education institutions. However, from late 1999, there was a significant shifi in attitudes, and this appears to have been related to an intervention by the Minister of Education. Through an analysis of policy documents and a survey of practical, programmatic responses, we conclude that no single institution yet provides a model approach to HIV/AIDS. Nevertheless, various universities and technikons have now implemented valuable measures in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and, taken together, these can constitute a basis for ‘best practice ’. In addition, though, such a paradigm should be supplemented by policies proposed, in particular, by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, but not yet implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-346
Number of pages17
JournalSociety in Transition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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