By Wolfgang Hein, Sonja Bartsch, Lars Kohlmorgen

The devastating results of HIV/AIDS have propelled a multiplicity of actions at international, nationwide and native point. This e-book relies on in-depth reviews of the most important international associations in wellbeing and fitness, the position of pharmaceutical agencies, the features of NGOs, and nationwide responses to HIV/AIDS in key case reports: Brazil and South Africa.

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Other studies also highlight the serious long-term consequences of high morbidity and mortality rates, especially in the case of HIV/AIDS (Greener 2002; Gaffei 2003; Bell et al. 2003). Besides these social and economic consequences, HIV/AIDS also has a negative effect on the stability of political and economic institutions and – many argue – on the national security in some countries of the developing world. HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases strike hardest at the productive parts of the population, at the pool of experienced individuals that would qualify for leading positions in society, leading to economic decline.

Power, interests and policy areas The actors and their activities are shaped by structural economic, political and socio-cultural conditions. This implies that actors – by virtue of their structural position and role – have certain features, tasks and resources that affect their capabilities to exercise power. The structural balance of power, for example the world market with its disparities as well as the global political and military field of power relations, are regarded as frameworks of the actors’ interactions and as the origin of 24 Global Health Governance and the Fight Against HIV/AIDS their resources of power.

Quite different types of actors all over the world are becoming increasingly dependent on each other, indicating a growing need for global norms (like human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR)) and a growing risk of infectious diseases and related instabilities in certain parts of the world that have an impact on the lives of people in other parts of the world. • Globalization has been accompanied by increasingly powerful global trade institutions. At the same time, many UN organizations in the field of social development, such as the WHO and ILO, have been weakened through an ‘ideologization’ of conflicts (‘effectivity’ vs.

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