HIV/AIDS in Namibia and Thailand: A Comparative Policy StudyPublic
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The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been impacting people globally since the early 1980s. As the disease spread around the world, epicenters began to appear in the late 1990s. Both Namibia and Thailand were identified as epicenters. In the present day, Namibia continues to struggle with the HIV/AIDS epidemic, whereas Thailand has been hailed as a success story. This difference raises a series of questions. These questions ask about the differences and similarities between Namibian and Thai policies, if the lessons learned from this can be applied to future Namibian policy development, and how these lessons compare to suggestions from experts. In order to address these, an in-depth policy comparison and three round emergent Delphi were completed. The results of this analysis and surveying revealed key areas for policy development to focus on, recognition, specialization, and access. Within each of these areas policies were suggested based upon the policy comparison and comparison of polices to the results of the Delphi study. This study addressed the reasoning behind the continuation of Namibia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic and provided a series of recommendations.
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