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Many Children With AIDS Navigate Life 'Without An Anchor,' U.N. Envoy Tells CU Forum

The impact of the AIDS pandemic on the world's youths, with a special focus on the escalating crisis in Africa, was a major issues presented at the event "Children and AIDS," co-sponsored by The Institute for Child and Family Policy and The Center for Global Health and Economic Development.

Stephen Lewis
Stephen Lewis

Children With AIDS Have to Fend for Themselves, U.N. Special Envoy Lewis

Stephen Lewis, U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, says that "when the parents are gone, the values and knowledge that shift from generation to generation are gone, and the large numbers of kids in the world of AIDS have to sort out for themselves, without anchors, how the world works." He adds that across Africa "there are kids who cannot go to school because they cannot afford the school fees" and that even the majority of AIDS programs have decided that "children are expendable" and will not be treated.

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Allan Rosenfield
Allan Rosenfield

U.S. Must Back WHO Plans to Provide Less Expensive Medication, Says Mailman School's Allan Rosenfield

"Condoms aren't perfect, but they're the best we have. And microbicides, when developed, will be an even greater step forward," says Allan Rosenfield, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health. (Microbicides are substances that can substantially reduce transmission of sexually transmitted infections.) Rosenfield explains that the U.S. government must support the World Health Organization's plans to provide cheaper, more effective generic drugs.

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Production Number: 286
Shot: Mar 31, 2004
Published: Apr 20, 2004
Last modified:Apr 20, 2004