HIV is perhaps the most global health problem to date. According to the AVERT website, HIV currently effects almost one million of Malawi’s fourteen million inhabitants. It contributes to the countries low life expectancy of 54 years old, and is the leading cause of death. The first known case of HIV in Malawi was in 1985 but by 1994 the disorder had grown to effecting nearly 30% of the Malawi women. Early efforts to spread information on AIDS education and prevention were were made very difficult because of the Malawian president’s policies. At this time talk of sex was not allowed and HIV and AIDS were not recognized. This was bad for Malawians, because they went without knowledge of how to prevent the spread of disease for almost three decades. The numbers of infected people continued to skyrocket during this time due to that lack of information. By the time a new president came into power, it was already too late for many Malawians. The website says that farmers couldn’t farm, kids couldn’t go to school and workers couldn’t come to work becuase they were infected with HIV or were caring for someone who was infected. However intense efforts to increase awareness made by NACP, NAC and other organizations in recent years seem to be finally making some progress. The Daily Campus website says they have achieved their success because the government and these organizations have enacted many policies including ones on prevention, treatment, care and support services. Anthropologist Dr. Anat Rosenthal started her career years ago talking with women in Africa who had tested positive with HIV but has since changed direction and now works strictly with children in Malawi. Rosenthal could be making big bucks as Harvard medical school grad, however she has dedicated her life to the fight against HIV. The website has a quote from her talking about how if something is important enough for you, you will find it, and it is clear that she has found it in Malawi.
Avert. “HIV & AIDS in Malawi.” Accessed August 9, 2013. http://www.avert.org/aids-malawi.htm – contentTable0
Bosch, Hayley. “HIV/AIDS Expert Speaks to Students on Campus.” Presentation at Southern Methodist University of Texas by Dr. Anat Rosenthal. January 27, 2011. http://www.smudailymustang.com/?tag=anat-rosenthal