Mailman School of Public Health
This ethnographic research project is the first that examines HIV/AIDS organizing outside of the United States as a form of social movement. In-depth interviewing of AIDS activists, researchers and governmental program staff, as well as archival research in which materials produced by AIDS organizations were collected, filed and scanned for use in historical reconstruction of social mobilization in response to the epidemic were conducted in 5 cities in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Fortaleza, São Paulo and Porto Alegre. An initial survey instrument was designed for data collection on a national basis (from non-governmental AIDS service organizations outside of the five primary data collection sites). This survey instrument was piloted, evaluated and implemented in two cities outside the primary 5 cities.
Case reports of the five cities were developed and some of the first analyses were presented in the conference: The "Brazilian Model" for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control: Analyzing its Components and Assessing its Transferability (April 17-19, 2002), organized by the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. As part of that conference, a draft was developed of a social movements and HIV/AIDS movement narrative in Brazil, titled, "Building the foundations for the response to HIV/AIDS in Brazil: The development of HIV/AIDS policy, 1982-1996."
Project Leader/Principal Investigator
Department of Sociomedical Sciences
National Science Foundation (NSF)
San Francisco Department of Public Health Office of HIV/AIDS
Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA)