03
Jun
08

AIDS in Africa–your questions to the UN

AIDS is likely to cause one in six deaths in Africa by 2015. The continent’s most prominent policy-makers are meeting in Uganda at a major conference. We’re interviewing the UN’s top man on AIDS in the region, Peter Piot. What do you want to ask him? Post your questions and we’ll put them to him.

Billions of dollars have been spent by foreign donors and the governments of the worst affected countries on fighting AIDS in Africa over recent years. But the situation is still severe. Where’s it all gone?

Nearly 70% of HIV positive people in low and middle income countries still don’t have access to life-saving drugs. Why aren’t people getting the treatment they need? For more on this click here

And what about homosexuals? The Ugandan government says it can’t afford to direct treatment and education programmes at this group, which is illegal in the country. What do you think?

What more can governments, health workers and you do?

The World Today will be talking to UNAID’s Chief Executive Peter Piot soon after 0500 GMT on Tuesday. Put your questions below.


7 Responses to “AIDS in Africa–your questions to the UN”


  1. 1 Zak
    June 3, 2008 at 03:45

    Is the drug that prevents or dramatically reduces the spreading of HIV from mother to child, nevirapine a lower cost medicine according to the Uganda-US study, being made available to all mothers? Similarly is there enough counsel and education for women and men in all African countries to make them see the benefits of this being a better approach than a mandate? Lastly is there movement to force the governments/groups/factions who had restrictions on administering that drug in place, realizing that may be difficult in places like Sudan, can women get out to get medicine?

  2. 2 Shirley
    June 3, 2008 at 13:33

    What will be done to preserve what little family (or village) structure might be left? Or will orphans just be given first come first serve, even to whites in America? Will children beyond the age of reason have to give up their religions upon adoption? What about languages? How will the children be protected from abuse or neglect after adoption? What will be done to reduce discrimination against various social groups (homosexuals, different ethnic groups, religions, etc.)?

  3. June 3, 2008 at 16:28

    talking about AIDS in Africa is not enough since not everybody listen to what ever being said or done in their welfare.
    Being HIV/AIDS Consellor (VCT) personel myself, I suggesting HIV/AIDS test to be must to all people and if found positive, be controlled in self contain rooms until the die. this will not give them more chance to distribute it to others who are not affected.

  4. 4 Dennis
    June 3, 2008 at 20:54

    What is the world going to do about the cost of AIDS drugs for the poor!

    Dennis
    Onondaga Community College
    Syracuse, New York

  5. 5 Zak
    June 4, 2008 at 02:17

    Dennis, the new drug I referenced above has been created as the much lower cost alternative to stop HIV in pregnant mothers. Beyond that there’s not too much that drugs can do.

    I’d like to know what’s to become of this discussion. If the interview was this Tues. morning are there plans to bring Mr. Piot back for a show. It seems this is to hard a topic to leave so open ended with questions that barely anyone had time to ask.

  6. 6 Shakhoor Rehman
    June 5, 2008 at 23:25

    When are you going to start spending some serious money on curing it?

  7. 7 arshams
    June 7, 2008 at 22:24

    Uprooting the killer disease like AIDS needs deep consideration and sincerest possible swift practical action by the UN because none can excel this great global organization most authoritatively and competently as a provider of almost all the medical facilities related to this dead enemy disease.

    How and when would UN be serious for this virtuous service to the humanity?


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