After years struggling with the AIDS epidemic, South Africa has turned the corner. Fewer people are contracting HIV and treatments are making it so those who do get it can not only live full lives, but not pass it along to their children or partners.
We caught up with the Christian Science Monitor’s Jina Moore to ask her more about a cover story she did examining the lingering effects, and hidden dimensions, of the impact of HIV and AIDS on South Africa.
Readers meet Olga Thimbela, a woman who cares for her her nieces and cousins orphaned by AIDS. South Africa is in many ways a story of success, in terms of foiling a pandemic that once threatened to overwhelm the nation.
It’s difficult to resist the evangelism of South Africa’s good news on AIDS, and not just because there’s finally relief in a country that was the worst-hit in the world for so long. It’s difficult because South Africa represents what can be achieved around the world.
But it’s not an unmitigated success, free from ongoing tragedy and struggle. Thimbela’s challenges show what families must continue to endure. I asked Jina how South Africa found success and what readers should expect next as she reports from Congo, South Sudan and Rwanda in the coming months. Continue reading