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"Culture is the heritage of us all. some may be more interested than others in the treasures of the past, but no one can fail to take a pride in his country's participation in the story of mankind, as represented in carvings, sculpture, music, paintings and the other arts. And there is a personal commitment to this, for no man can really say he is alone: we are all joined through our identity, with the cultures which are part of the mainstream of life"
- Simon Kapwepwe, Zambian Independence Freedom Fighter

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm" - Winston Churchill

"Try to be the rainbow in someone else's cloud" - Maya Angelou

"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinion drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition" - Steve Jobs

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

HIV Rates Are Falling Amongst The Young in Africa!

Yay! Glad to see Africa at the forefront of an African and global problem in a positive fashion.  HIV rates amongst us young folk is declining according to this recent UNAIDS report.  Unfortunately the BBC reports that it has been on the rise in Uganda due to "complacency".  Uganda seems to be falling short of late...

I am just glad that we are making progress.  However the UNAIDS report does say more does have to do more with diagnosis and treatment.  Which makes me feel better about my remarks about the RED documentary.  Though I did say that we just can't plug holes by providing money for treatment, I didn't say we shouldn't donate either, so of course if you can find a way to help with your services, time and/ or money, find a way :).  Both are clearly both prevention and treatment assistance are needed at this juncture. I think I am mad that everything was portrayed in such a futile manner, that we Africans are going to get AIDS and the only thing to be done is to swoop in a save the day when it happens.  Hiding positive information I think makes the task seem Sisyphean and denies people the hope to be able to fight and win.  Knowing that having to provide help with treatment is a short term plan because people are taking the trouble to be safe is a lot more comforting than thinking that our lot in life is to suffer with this disease forever or until a cure is found.

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