After 30 years of reporting on HIV/Aids, public interest has waned. Compassion fatigue has set in. Yet public engagement is more important than ever for the political and financial support necessary to defeat the pandemic.
This week-long series, reporting from five countries in sub-Saharan Africa, examines five different aspects of the pandemic, bringing a new perspective to the debate about what progress has been made and what remains to be done. It examines five key issues: the use of condoms, the prevalence of sex networks, the role of male circumcision, the provision of ARV drugs and HIV testing, and the protection of children. It will do so in five key countries – Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, and South Africa. On the sixth and final day, a concluding piece based on expert analysis of the main themes wraps up the series.
Its focus is on prevention and it asks what we have learned in the last 30 years and how the lessons are being put into practice. It will serve as an audit of the past and a route map for the future. It includes interviews with patients and providers, funders and families, politicians and practitioners, city residents and rural dwellers.
- The Independent: The entire series containing the above articles (EN)
- The Independent: i Editor’s Letter: The real story of Aids in Africa (EN)
- The Independent: Despite new drugs and campaigns for condom use, the battle against Aids in Africa is still raging (EN)
- The Independent: A journey to the heart of Africa’s Aids epidemic (EN)
- The Independent: The condom conundrum: How to persuade Africa’s prostitutes to practice safe sex (EN)
- The Independent: Hope for the future as Malawi battles the Aids virus’s capacity to infect succeeding generations (EN)
- The Independent: A cut too far? Zambia is still 75 per cent short of its target of two million male circumcisions by 2015 (EN)
- The Independent: Is this the silver bullet at last? A new treatment regime could stall Africa’s Aids epidemic (EN)
- The Independent: Love is the drug putting couples at risk of Aids in Africa (EN)
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