The Nature of Things Value of Life: AIDS in Africa Revisited

The Nature of Things Value of Life: AIDS in Africa Revisited

30 million Africans have HIV/AIDS. In the summer of 2003, two years after he was convinced that the pandemic could be stopped, Stephen Lewis, the United Nations' HIV/AIDS envoy, returned to Africa with The Nature of Things and documented his incredible personal journey that has led from hope to despair to hope again. After September 11, when the world's attention turned to homeland security and fighting terrorism and the promises of financial aid to Africa were broken, Lewis' optimism turned to disbelief. Africa, with more than 6,000 people dying every day and 11 million orphans under the age of 15, was a continent enveloped by death. He was convinced that all that was needed was determination and financial resources. The most urgent need was life-prolonging anti-retroviral drugs for the dying. In 2003, Lewis and some Canadian aid agencies decide to challenge the Canadian government to pass legislation allowing patents to be put aside so cheap generics can be made for the dying.

  • 2003
  • 00:54:14
  • 15-17
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