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Closing the Gap

Antiretroviral Therapy for the Developing World


Author(s)

Robin Pals-Rylaarsdam
College of Arts and Sciences
Saint Xavier University
rylaarsdam@sxu.edu

Abstract

In this problem-based learning/role playing case, students apply their knowledge of the biology of HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapy to developing foreign aid policy for the HIV/AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. The case was created for a non-majors course in human biology taken mostly by juniors or seniors. It has also been used in a microbiology course for pre-nursing students and in an upper-level microbiology course for biology majors.


Objectives

  • Apply knowledge of the transmission and progression of HIV/AIDS (gained through previous lectures and readings) to the analysis of an international political-social situation.
  • Compare and contrast the status of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the USA/Europe versus sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Propose and analyze solutions to HIV/AIDS in the developing world.

Keywords

Highly active anti-retroviral therapy; HAART; retroviruses; human immunodeficiency virus; HIV; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; AIDS; Botswana; Africa; developing world; foreign aid; foreign policy

Topical Areas

Ethics, Policy issues, Social issues, Social justice issues

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

Format

PDF, PowerPoint

Type / Methods

Jig-Saw, Problem-Based Learning, Role-Play

Language

English

Subject Headings

Biology (General)  |   Public Health  |   Microbiology  |  


Date Posted

07/23/03

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Supplemental Materials

This case includes a PowerPoint presentation that instructors may wish to use to introduce the topic of HIV/AIDS epidemiology and the social costs of the disease in sub-Saharan Africa.  The PowerPoint was produced by UNAIDS, © Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 2003, all rights reserved.

  
  Haart Power Point

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