The global HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the worst public health disasters in recorded history. It is also a social and economic crisis. In the hardest-hit countries of Africa, decades of progress in social and economic development have been reversed by the epidemic. Other countries are struggling to implement and sustain effective responses that meet their populations’ needs.
For over 10 years, the Boston University Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD) has undertaken applied research and evaluation activities to help address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The CGHD brings together expertise in economics, infectious diseases, public health, demography, epidemiology, and anthropology in an effort to understand how the AIDS epidemic affects households, businesses, government agencies, and other institutions in the developing world and to identify and evaluate policies and programs to mitigate the impact of AIDS. As with other CGHD programs, our goal in this program is to generate and disseminate practical, relevant information that is analytically rigorous and can be put to immediate use by program managers, policy makers, funding agencies, and other stakeholders.