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Against All Odds: Hope in the Struggle-HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa

From: Meg O'Shaughnessy
Length: 54:59

Teaming to Combat the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Southern Africa

Photo15of38_small Conveying the passion of those working tirelessly to stem the tide of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa, this sound rich program highlights clinic based, Christian faith-based and activist approaches. The vivid audio production takes us to the frontlines of the struggle, where we meet Tessa Beaunoir, a clinic nurse in Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africa, Reverend Sammy Gumbe of the Rede Crista Contra HIV/SIDA in Mozambique and Johanna Ncala, Treatment Literacy Coordinator with the Treatment Action Campaign in Johannesburg, she herself one of millions of HIV positive South Africans. Vocal interludes include the voices of the congregation at Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral in Maputo, Mozambique, Zulu Gospel from Zozo and friends at Botha's Hill and the Boys Choir and student body of Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto, South Africa.

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Conveying the passion of those working tirelessly to stem the tide of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa, this sound rich program highlights clinic based, Christian faith-based and activist approaches. The vivid audio production takes us to the frontlines of the struggle, where we meet Tessa Beaunoir, a clinic nurse in Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africa, Reverend Sammy Gumbe of the Rede Crista Contra HIV/SIDA in Mozambique and Johanna Ncala, Treatment Literacy Coordinator with the Treatment Action Campaign in Johannesburg, she herself one of millions of HIV positive South Africans. Vocal interludes include the voices of the congregation at Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral in Maputo, Mozambique, Zulu Gospel from Zozo and friends at Botha's Hill and the Boys Choir and student body of Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto, South Africa.

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Review of Against All Odds: Hope in the Struggle HIV/AIDS

This unconventional collage of voices portrays the complex and tragic situation that AIDS workers and those suffering from AIDS face in Southern Africa; the pandemic endures dues to lack of financial resources and therefore access to effective drugs, and poor education. The conversational nature of the interviews in this piece makes some of the dialogue difficult to understand, and the edits are a little choppy at times. That being said there is a lot of insight and information in this piece, and it is important to hear from people that are on the front line in fighting this terrible disease.

Broadcast History

Against All Odds: Hope in the Struggle will be aired on several public radio stations in the US between November 26 2004 and January 15 2005.

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Related Website

http://www.globalaidsalliance.org