By Lydia Boyd
Preaching Prevention examines the arguable U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS aid (PEPFAR) initiative to “abstain and be trustworthy” as a major prevention technique in Africa. This ethnography of the born-again Christians who led the hot anti-AIDS push in Uganda presents perception into either what it capacity for overseas governments to “export” methods to care and therapy and the methods groups reply to and repurpose such initiatives. through reading born-again Christians’ aid of Uganda’s arguable 2009 Anti-Homosexuality invoice, the book’s ultimate bankruptcy explores the long-lasting tensions surrounding the message of private responsibility heralded via U.S. coverage makers. Preaching Prevention is the 1st to ascertain the cultural reception of PEPFAR in Africa. Lydia Boyd asks, What are the results whilst person accountability and autonomy are valorized in public well-being projects and people values are at odds with the present cultural context? Her e-book investigates the cultures of the U.S. and Ugandan evangelical groups and the way the move of U.S.-directed monies encouraged Ugandan discourses approximately sexuality and private employer. it's a pioneering exam of an international wellbeing and fitness coverage whose legacies are nonetheless unfolding.
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A sense of empathy generated such Christian compassion, as did the possibilities for self- transformation that such a worldly (and spiritual) gift was thought to enable. By applying compassion to his global pol itical agenda Bush signaled a similar emphasis on the transformational power of humanitarian mercy. The idea that compassion was a transformational gift, one that engendered accountability in needy recipients, was a powerful tool in enabling the American conservative embrace of AIDS relief work, and for Bush’s evangelical base this idea suddenly brought popularity to AIDS as a cause.
Government spent a total of $287 million on AIDS relief in Africa. 36 By all accounts PEPFAR is a program that has redefined HIV/AIDS treatment and care worldwide. Despite these transformational numbers, PEPFAR was not wholeheartedly embraced by the global AIDS care community. 37 At the 2004 International AIDS Conference in Bangkok the structure of PEPFAR’s prevention funding drew intense criticism. ”38 Criticism extended from questions about the president’s motives and especially the clear focus that Bush and the program’s terms had placed on the role of religion in the fight against AIDS.
I examine churches as places where politics happens in mundane but transformative ways: in lessons about sex, family, and marriage; and in the support of certain types of relationships over others. In this broader sense this study builds on questions about American evangelicalism and social activism today, but places these questions in a very different social and historical context than that of the United States—one governed by quite distinct models and orientations toward religiosity, sociality, and morality.