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They were, therefore, keen to push for UDF-aligned progressive health organizations based within the country and senior figures in the ANC to add planning for AIDS to the post-apartheid health policy agenda. For them, the rapid growth of the epidemic meant that it was an urgent issue which could not wait until after the transition: in the interim, progressive healthworker organizations needed to develop programmes to arrest new infections. In April 1990, CHISA held the Maputo Conference on Health in Southern Africa, which it also funded.

61). David A. Snow has written that movements construct meaning through ‘collective action frames’, which focus our attention on what they view as important about an issue in the manner of picture frames (2004, p. 384). Movements do not do this in isolation from each other: indeed, they often borrow ‘master-frames’ from pre-existing movements (Snow 2004, p. 390). In this way, older social movements are a conduit for the passage of ideas on to newer movements. Across the period examined, South African AIDS activists used humanrights-based language to promote normative policy responses to the epidemic, but they did so in ways which changed over time and were influenced by both advances in medicine and the remaking of the South African state.

South Africa’s transition was also smoothing the way for its readmission to the ‘family of nations’. WHO’s Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) offered technical advice on the development of the plan. Internationally, Jonathan Mann had championed non-discriminatory approaches to the epidemic during his time at WHO’s GPA (described in Chapter 2). Mann’s thinking doubtless also influenced the human rights approach advocated for in the NAP. But such technical advice was not uniformly well-received by the NAP’s authors: in particular, some activists critiqued WHO’s GPA as having slowed the plan’s development and failed to create a nationally uniform approach to the epidemic.

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