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AIDS in Pakistan

Bureaucracy, Public Goods and NGOs


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ayaz Qureshi
    Pages 1-32
  3. Ayaz Qureshi
    Pages 33-58
  4. Ayaz Qureshi
    Pages 59-84
  5. Ayaz Qureshi
    Pages 85-103
  6. Ayaz Qureshi
    Pages 105-123
  7. Ayaz Qureshi
    Pages 125-150
  8. Ayaz Qureshi
    Pages 151-172
  9. Ayaz Qureshi
    Pages 173-196
  10. Ayaz Qureshi
    Pages 197-211
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 213-217

About this book


This book is the first full-length study of HIV/AIDS work in relation to government and NGOs. In the early 2000s, Pakistan’s response to HIV/AIDS was scaled-up and declared an area of urgent intervention. This response was funded by international donors requiring prevention, care and support services to be contracted out to NGOs - a global policy considered particularly important in Pakistan where the high risk populations are criminalized by the state. 

Based on unparalleled ethnographic access to government bureaucracies and their dealings with NGOs, Qureshi examines how global policies were translated by local actors and how they responded to the evolving HIV/AIDS crisis. 

The book encourages readers to reconsider the orthodoxy of policies regarding public-private partnership by critiquing the resulting changes in the bureaucracy, civil society and public goods. It is a must-read for students, scholars and practitioners concerned with neoliberal agendas in global health and development.   


HIV/AIDS global health anthropology of bureaucracy medical and political anthropology conservative Islam health activism AIDS activism injecting drug users sex workers new ethnography of aid post-development

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesLahore University of Management SciencesLahorePakistan

About the authors

Ayaz Qureshi studied Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and is an Assistant Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. He has research interests in sexual and reproductive health, policy and neoliberalization.

Bibliographic information

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“This ethnography has valuable insights for practitioners and academics, and it raises interesting comparisons for the rise and demise of other global health or development initiatives in Pakistan. … Qureshi's book will have wider resonance for studies of sexuality, law, public health, government, development, democracy and societal change in the Islamic Republic, and it deserves to be read widely.” (Nichola Khan, Bloomsbury Pakistan, April 10, 2018)