Book cover of To End a Plague: America's Fight to Defeat AIDS in Africa by Emily Bassby Emily Bass

Shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize

“Randy Shilts and Laurie Garrett told the story of the HIV/AIDS epidemic through the late 1980s and the early 1990s, respectively. Now journalist-historian-activist Emily Bass tells the story of US engagement in HIV/AIDS control in sub-Saharan Africa. There is far to go on the path, but Bass tells us how far we’ve come.” —Sten H. Vermund, professor and dean, Yale School of Public Health

With his 2003 announcement of a program known as PEPFAR, George W. Bush launched an astonishingly successful American war against a global pandemic. PEPFAR played a key role in slashing HIV cases and AIDS deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, leading to the brink of epidemic control. Resilient in the face of flatlined funding and political headwinds, PEPFAR is America’s singular example of how to fight long-term plague—and win.

Interview with the Author

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America’s Fight to Defeat AIDS in Africa with Emily Bass
12/2/21            52 min

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America’s Fight to Defeat AIDS in Africa with Emily Bass 
8/12/21         36 min



Awards & Prizes


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