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South Africa and Uganda: The Tales of African Women (22 Sep 2005)

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South Africa has once had the highest infection rate of HIV in the world, with 20% of its population being carriers. However, the country ’ s first national AIDS prevention programme was in place only 12 years after the first case was confirmed in 1982. Moreover, before 2003, patients were not provided anti-AIDS drugs.In the 1980s, AIDS was endemic in Uganda, a landlocked country in East Africa. The general lack of medical knowledge resulted in flaws in preventive measures. In 1992, as much as 30% of the country ’ s population was infected. The condition has been improved greatly in recent years, with the government ’ s open attitude towards the handling of the disease, and the infection rate stands at around 6% now.The African women suffer from sexual discrimination and inequality. In Uganda, when a man dies, his wealth is snatched by male members of his family, leaving the widower homeless and penniless. Meanwhile, raping is common in South Africa.Although only one-tenth of the world ’ s population live in the part of Africa south of Sahara, third-quarter of female AIDS victims in the world, amounting to 13 million people, inhibit in the region, where one-fifth of girls aged 16 to 18 are infected. Prevention measures are urgently in need. Local church recruits young people to take care of AIDS patients to give them first-hand knowledge of the disease.The Genesis of the Christian Bible recounted that God took a rib from Adam to create a woman. In Africa, the men should treat the women equally. Only when government policies are in place can Africa truly becomes the Garden of Eden free of HIV.

Program: 
Global Aid for AIDS
Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Station: 
RTHK
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