Second Chances

Second Chances

Surviving AIDS in Uganda

During the first decade of this millennium, many thousands of people in Uganda who otherwise would have died from AIDS got second chances at life. A massive global health intervention, the scaling up of antiretroviral therapy (ART), saved them and created a generation of people who learned to live with treatment. As clients they joined programs that offered free antiretroviral medicine and encouraged "positive living." Because ART is not a cure but a lifelong treatment regime, its consequences are far-reaching for society, families, and individuals. Drawing on personal accounts and a broad knowledge of Ugandan culture and history, the essays in this collection explore ART from the perspective of those who received second chances. Their concerns about treatment, partners, children, work, food, and bodies reveal the essential sociality of Ugandan life. The collection is based on research undertaken by a team of social scientists including both Western and African scholars.

Contributors. Phoebe Kajubi, David Kyaddondo, Lotte Meinert, Hanne O. Mogensen, Godfrey Etyang Siu, Jenipher Twebaze, Michael A. Whyte, Susan Reynolds Whyte
  • Contents
  • Polygraphy
  • Introduction. The First Generation
  • CASE I. Robinah and Joyce: The Connecting Sisters
  • Chapter One. Connections
  • CASE II. Saddam: Treatment Programs
  • Chapter Two. Clientship
  • CASE III. Suzan: The Necessity of Travel
  • Chapter Three. Mobility
  • CASE IV. MamaGirl & MamaBoy: Family Matters
  • Chapter Four. Families
  • CASE V. Alice: Keeping a Good Man
  • Chapter Five. Partners
  • CASE VI. Jackie: Children without Grandparents
  • Chapter Six. Children
  • CASE VII. John: Working Contingencies
  • Chapter Seven. Work
  • CASE VIII. Hassan: Soft Food and Town Life
  • Chapter Eight. Food
  • CASE IX. Jolly: Appearances and Numbers
  • Chapter Nine. Bodies
  • CASE X. Rachel: Buckets of Medicine
  • Chapter Ten. Medicine
  • CASE XI. Dominic: A Multitude of Adversities
  • Chapter Eleven. Life
  • Acknowledgments
  • Bibliography
  • Contributors
  • Index



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