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Adoption of health technologies in India; implications for the AIDS vaccine.


Adoption of health technologies in India; implications for the AIDS vaccine.

Gupta, Indrani et al.

Sage Publications


235 pages



Studies in economic and social development; no.68


While the AIDS vaccine has yet to be invented, it is the belief of the authors (all of the Health Policy Research Unit at the Institute of Economic Growth and also the Institute of Health Systems, both in India) that India, with the second highest level of HIV infections in the world, should nevertheless begin with careful planning for the launch of the vaccine. In order to aid in such planning, this volume studies India's past experiences with launching health technologies, including a universal immunization program, hepatitis B immunization, no-scalpel vasectomies, voluntary HIV counseling and testing, and antiretroviral therapy. For each of these, they examine timing of adoption, appropriateness and adaptability of the technology at the point of initial adoption, policy framework of adoption, supply side issues, distribution issues, and demand issues. In general, the programs receive high marks, except in terms of procurement and distribution, where there is found to be substantial scope for improvement.

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