AIDS - The Politics of Prevention

AIDS - The Politics of Prevention

AIDS has been a viral wrecking ball across Africa, and much of the globe for that matter. More than 25 million have died from the disease, but the international community’s bedside manner is getting better. NGOs, nations and international organizations are building up a global resistance to the deadly virus. They’ve succeeding in treating millions already infected with HIV, but stemming the spread is a much tougher case. And with the doctor’s orders often running up against religious convictions and traditional customs, prescribing a potent prevention protocol is a complicated operation. In this episode, we diagnose the practice of treatment and prevention in South Africa and Brazil – countries with different prescriptions for the same disease. And we examine the Bush Administration’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. 

Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / AAM Producers: Monica Bushman, Sean Carberry, Jordana Gustafson, Matt Ozug, Monica Villavicencio and Chris Williams / Interns: Colleen Castle, Isabella Schwiermann and Annika Witzel / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photo: World Concern / Host: Ray Suarez

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AIDS Epidemic in Washington DC

Ray Suarez explores the AIDS epidemic in Washington DC, the city with the highest HIV infection rate in the nation.

Field Report from South Africa

Ray Suarez investigates the state of the AIDS crisis in South Africa, where years of government inaction and the scars of apartheid have fueled the epidemic.

Field Report from Brazil

Matt Ozug travels to Brazil, a country that has implemented effective and controversial strategies to reduce the spread of the disease.

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PEPFAR

Ray Suarez examines the Bush Administration’s unprecedented Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief that has provided life-saving treatment for over two million Africans, but has been less successful in preventing new infections.

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Discussion with Dr. Nandini Oomman

America Abroad's Sean Carberry speaks with Dr. Nandini Oomman, director of the HIV/AIDS Monitor at the Center for Global Development, about the future of PEPFAR under the Obama Administration, and the challenges of developing global strategies for AIDS prevention.