Who Cares?

The Economics of Dignity

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At the centre of the HIV/AIDS response are the 12 million people who need care and treatment. Those who are ill require support from carers who provide physical, social and psychological support. Yet these carers – essential actors in the response – are often invisible to the system that relies on them.

The writers argue that focusing on the carer, at the household level, directs assistance where it is most effective and most needed, will respect human rights, and will help achieve the millennium development goals in health.




In 2000 the international community committed itself to eight ambitious but achievable Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), among them halving the number of people living in poverty and stemming the spread of HIV. It also promised to provide leadership and uphold the human rights of people living with HIV. Commonwealth governments, being part of the international community and its commitments towards the MDGs, are working towards the achievement of the MDG targets.


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