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Outbreaks and Epidemics

Winstone Zulu Is Dead

Winstone Zulu, the Zambian activist who first attacked the stigma surrounding HIV 19 years ago when he publicly declared that he was living with the virus, “did not think he had finished his race.”

Haiti: Prostitution and Rape Increase after Quake

It is not as if teenage prostitution didn’t exist in Haiti before the January 2010 earthquake that left 1.5 million displaced, tens of thousands of them living in haphazardly-placed tents in scattered through the capital, Port-au-Prince. But in the months since, the number of girls, some as young as 8, who have been forced to have sex in order to survive has drastically increased. Not surprisingly, the number of rapes has also gone up.

An HIV Activist Comes Home

Carol Nyirenda’s journey to fight HIV took her around the world, to three continents, in five weeks. Now she has come home again to Lusaka, to organize women living with the epidemic.

Traditional Healer Meets a Modern Epidemic

Dr. Rodwell Vongo, President of the Traditional Health Practitioners Association of Zambia (THPAZ), urges Zambia to look back as well as ahead for answers to fighting HIV-AIDS.

A Nurse Fills a Community’s Void

Chileshe, a Zambian nurse, sees 25 patients a week, many with HIV-related illnesses. She opened the clinic, the first in her community, after her mother died without easy access to health care.

Living with AIDS in Zambia

Zambian Winstone Zulu has AIDS and is an activist for more effective treatment and prevention of the disease. He wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on neglect of efforts for disabled people.

Haiti's Horrendous Teenage Prostitution Problem

Thousands of Haitians remain in camps in Port-au-Prince after a massive earthquake hit last year. Now, 16 months after the disaster, young girls are being forced to have sex in order to survive.

Haiti: Battling HIV Alone

When we met Jesula in May 2010, she was broken. She was 22, HIV positive, with a toddler and another baby on the way.