Limits to evidence-based health policymaking: Policy hurdles to structural HIV prevention in Tanzania

Moritz Hunsmann Social Science and Medicine, 2012; Vol. 74, Issue 10 Download publication (not open access)

Study exploring the political obstacles that affect the uptake of policy evidence on the structural drivers of HIV. Based on in-depth interviews with AIDS policymakers and observations of national-level policy meetings, the paper argues that HIV prevention policies are informed by a range of competing political negotiations and motivations.

The research shows that a realistic appraisal of policy processes must take into account the political nature of HIV-related policymaking. Suggesting that policy decisions are far from strictly evidence-driven, the paper stresses the importance of politically informed strategies for more effective positive change.

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