Friday, October 17th, 2014

What does it take to become a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador?

After Africa Is A Country learned that the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) appointed former Spice girl turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham as a Goodwill Ambassador, our team decided to debate, “What does it take to take to become a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador?” Here’s the announcement by the way. So, here’s what we

Friday, March 14th, 2014

‘Only Black People in Africa Get AIDS’

Some sites are having WTF moments (The Daily Mail and the sites who cut and pasted the story--like Linda Ikeji) at the comments made by Rachel Dilley, a 48-year old single mother of two who told a...

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Tell NPR There Are Women in Botswana

National Public Radio featured a piece this morning entitled “Botswana’s ‘Stunning Achievement’ Against AIDS.” The article reported Botswana’s very high rate of HIV and, equally, its remarkably thorough and effective response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Here’s an...

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Patricia Asero Ochieng’s argument

Remember “Silence = Death”? There’s more. Withholding = Death. Withholding necessary funds. Withholding lifesaving medications. Withholding life. In Nairobi last week, Patricia Asero Ochieng, Lucy Ghati, and Rose Kaberia joined Maureen and Anyango and many others to...

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Pay young women in Malawi to prevent HIV infection?

The Guardian reports: “Cash payments help cut HIV infection rate in young women, study finds: Research in Malawi finds girls who receive regular payments are able to resist attentions of older men and avoid infection.” The headline...

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Sending South African miners home to die

Epidemiologist Jonathan Smith is working to complete a documentary called “They Go to Die,” about the lives of four former mineworkers that were sent home from the mine after contracting TB and HIV in the South African gold mines....

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The health news that made the headlines

In November came the news that the Global Fund to fight Aids, TB and Malaria was in a financial crisis, because of declining donor commitments and failure by donors to honor existing commitments. The Fund’s board cancelled...

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Helen Zille’s ‘AIDS Gestapo’

Just as South Africa is recovering from the havoc wrought by former President Thabo Mbeki’s AIDS denialism, now there’s a new politician spouting all sorts of nonsense – this time it’s Helen Zille, the leader of the...

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Cyril Ramaphosa and AIDS

The latest print issue of Foreign Policy Magazine has an essay by South African writer Johnny Steinberg on creative writing about the AIDS pandemic in that country. Steinberg covers the usual ground: that mainly white, gay men...

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Preventing Project Prevention

After years of working in the United States, where they pay female drug users $300 to agree to be sterilized, Project Prevention has begun branching out to other parts of the world. Following a luke-warm reception in...

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Well deserved

Before we close out the year we have to give a nod to the  Centre for Development of People (CEDEP) in Malawi, has won the 2010 AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) HIV, TB and...

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Can Stem Cells cure HIV?

The latest issue of the journal “Blood” includes an article reporting the effectiveness of stem cells on virtually eliminating the HI virus from a patient’s system. The HIV+ patient was being treated for acute myeloid leukemia with a stem-cell...

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

African Disease

The UK charity Body & Soul (a ground-breaking charity supporting children, teenagers and families living with, or closely affected by, HIV) recently launched a campaign, In My Shoes, to educate, and raise awareness of the stigma attached...

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Keep Africa Alive, cont.

Today is World AIDS Day, which means you can expect the gatekeepers of Team: Save Africa to be in exceptionally fine form. In years past, Bono and (RED) have reigned supreme but this year brings a new...

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Bling Bling

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The scourge of TB in South Africa

India and China have the largest numbers of tuberculosis cases, and multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has been found in nearly every country. But it is South Africa, where TB often comes with HIV, that worries medical researchers. The...

Thursday, December 31st, 2009


Early December news report from German broadcaster Deutche Welle on the self-styled healers and profit-hungry businesses take advantage of the helplessness of people living with AIDS in South Africa. Until early this year, they had supporters at...

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009


Last week the children’s TV program, Sesame Street, celebrated its 40 year on air (in the United States where it was first broadcast). My daughter, four, now favors Nick Jnr. but one and a half out of...

Thursday, October 29th, 2009


So Uganda, with the help of their rightwing, American Christian boosters, want to “wipe out” gay people by making laws that bans even thinking about it. Now Kenya wants to do a “census” of its gay population....

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009


The paper’s editorial board, not a friend of Jacob Zuma, likes the change in the South African government’s AIDS policy. Most recently the new health minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, “… accepted a withering critique by South African...

Monday, August 24th, 2009


“King Mswati of Swaziland, ruler of some of the poorest people in the world, has sent his favourite wives on a -million shopping jaunt through Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Reports from the kingdom said that...