Document Type

International Studies and Languages


This dissertation aims to analyze the effort against the HIV/AIDS epidemic Botswana, Swaziland, and South Africa: the three sub-Saharan nations most heavily afflicted by the virus. As seen in the past few decades, many international governmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations have played significant and vital roles to the AIDS efforts in hopes of mitigating the effects of the virus on the population. However, without the firm guidance of an overarching leader to orient the efforts of both IGOs and NGOs, the battle against AIDS will have difficulties in achieving its goals of mitigation and prevention. The United Nations should take this role upon itself to better coordinate the efforts of both private and international organizations with the governments desperately trying to stem the influence of the HIV virus in their populations.