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Alliance researcher wins New Writer's Prize


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Fabian Cataldo, Senior Research Officer, of the Alliance’s Best Practice Unit has won this year's New Writer's Prize awarded by Sociology of Health and Illness, a leading international journal. His winning article on accessing antiretroviral treatment in a Brazilian favela (shanty town), was published as a chapter of the peer-reviewed book Pharmaceuticals and Society.

His paper explores the broad ethics of the Brazilian National AIDS Programme by investigating how the commitment to equitable and universal HIV prevention and treatment works in practice among the poorest population groups.

The research shows that the universal character of this public health programme is challenged by a number of issues such as local definitions of illness, problems related to the understanding of and adherence to treatment, structural violence, political alienation, and lack of perspectives about the future. Read the full abstract here.

Professor Hilary Thomas, Chair of the Editorial board praised the paper as ‘well-written, theoretically informed and of international policy relevance...Cataldo’s paper makes a significant contribution to understanding the responses of marginalised groups to public health programmes in general, and HIV programmes in particular'.

Jane Waterman, Director of External Relations at the Alliance said 'this award acknowledges the quality of Fabian's research. The Alliance is extremely fortunate to benefit from his skill and experience as part of its research programme'.