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It did not take long to realize that this disease would have far-reaching implications on societies, economies, medical services, policies, and just plain people. Medicine, and history, would never be the same. 4% of the population infected and where two thirds of the country’s one million people somehow survive on less than 70 cents a day, where life expectancy has gone from 57 years of age to 31 and where 46% of the population is under age 15, where AIDS kills some 50 people per day and HIV infects 55, where there are 63,000 orphans, where there are only two physicians for every 10,000 people, and where 16,000 Swazis died in 2006 alone from AIDS.

One in three teenager girl gets pregnant before turning 18, and an equal number is likely to die before or during childbirth (Karim and Karim, 2007). The country’s cemeteries are reportedly running out of space, hospitals are overf lowing, and schools lack teachers because so many of them are living with HIV/AIDS (see Walker, Reid, and Cornell, 2004; Sekokotla and Mturi, 2004). Although one in five women is HIV-positive, Pretoria News (Venter, 2004) has reported, less than 1% has access to ARVs, and IMR are predicted to be almost 100 per 1,000 live births by 2010.

2. net) was established by Worldwoman in 2001, backed by the British Council, Department for International Development, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and the Six Continents Leisure Group. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC-Africa-Women) is involved with the Digital Storytelling to End Violence Against Women and Introduction 25 The Harambee (“Let’s work together”) projects. org), it aims at social change. Using media as a tool to help women advance, the Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) “recognizes that gender inequality and inequity undermines the effectiveness of development.

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