Sunday, May 1, 2011

Following the story of HIV/AIDS in Africa

A great discussion on following the stories of 28 individuals from different countries of Africa to share the history of HIV/AIDS and all the complexities and the reasons for why the situation has been deteriorating. It wasn't a pretty picture and it's hard to be hopeful, but there are inspiring stories from the grassroots that motivate us to see incredible human victories.

Stories range from young children being orphaned by parents who died of HIV/AIDS and are either taken care of themselves, or been taken in by their grandparents, to the African scientist who determines to find the cure after endless research, to individuals taking extra caution, yet still acquired HIV/AIDS - all show the critical issue of how HIV/AIDS has influenced this continent.

It's a political sad story that stars the pharmaceutical industries who do not want to facilitate access to medicine for HIV/AIDS treatment... governments who carry their own agenda around the illness and patriarchy being as predominant as ever.

This is a wonderful book that lays out comprehensively the different actors played in the HIV/AIDS story.

1 comment:

Preeti said...

Documentary - "Ngwane" explores about Swaziland, a little state in Africa, exists between Mozambique and South Africa. After few decades, AIDS take over this kingdom, also called "Ngwane", and it's become one of the most infected countries in the world with more than 40% diseased. Traditions that we don't want to lose? New occidental way of life? Today, Swazis try to find new solutions against the evil called AIDS.

To watch please visit - http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/5072