Letter: Aids vaccine hope
Friday 27 November 1998
One of the unique features of the Ugandan Aids scene is the government's openness on the subject, so that everyone can talk about what elsewhere in Africa may be a taboo subject, thus facilitating the transmission of health information.
Even more important,is the quite extraordinary way in which Aids widows have organised themselves into self-help groups, assisting each other to manage their lives, their income-generation, agriculture, health needs and the education of their children (often HIV-infected) so that they can manage economically without the need for sexual partnerships with men.
One lesson to be learnt from the Ugandan experience is that much greater support needs to be given to the widows of men who have died of Aids.
These poor women are often blamed for their husbands' illness and are rarely followed up with medical monitoring and practical help. Their wretched circumstances, poverty, oppression and stigma often force them to be dependent on a series of men, thus risking either transmitting or receiving the virus.
Alongside condoms and sex education, the best defence to the spread of Aids in Africa is promoting the status of women and supporting grass-roots widows' groups such as those which have been so successful in Uganda.
Empowering Widows in Development
Art Piece taken off website amid 'severe security alert'
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated
tvAn expose of hooliganism masquerading as an ideological battle
artLee Hadwin can't draw when he's awake, but by night he's an artist
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
- 5 SAG Awards: Fake applause track interrupts Reese Witherspoon
Mr Selfridge series 3: Actress Kara Tointon says 'we're starting to see his demise'
Ed Sheeran texts Noel Gallagher to offer him tickets after Wembley Stadium rant
Benedict Cumberbatch says Hollywood is better for black British actors
Sia apologises for 'Elastic Heart' music video that sees Shia LaBeouf wrestle 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler
Game of Thrones season 5: IMAX releases new trailer with first look footage of Tyrion Lannister
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks