A young woman with HIV cannot afford to go to the hospital; seven of her family members are dead and her older brother is dying. Approximately 70% of HIV infections occur in sub-Saharan Africa.
People view the king as a god. He brought five of his fifteen wives to a promotion celebration. Before becoming engaged to royalty, women must take a blood test. The life expectancy in Swaziland is thirty years of age.
Dr. Jason Hickel claims that poverty is the cause of AIDS. He believes migration and working conditions in the mines spreads AIDS. He believes that women get AIDS because they don not have access to formal employment.
The consequences of AIDS has the ability to cripple an economy; thousands of children are orphaned by AIDS. "Elizabeth" believes that God brought healing power to the orphanage. Reverend Justice preaches the gospel of salvation to his congregation.
Hickel states that during the 1980s, Swaziland was subject to economic packages imposed on third world countries by international financial institutions. He believes these institutions forced countries to cut social services.
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Seventy percent of the world’s HIV infections occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Swaziland, for example, has the highest HIV infection rate in the world. As many as one in every two young people has the virus. Why has this happened? This program explores the reasons, from societal to cultural, often challenging western assumptions.
Length: 28 minutes
Copyright date: ©2014
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