Attention! About 22.5 million people living with HIV are in Sub-Sahara Africa
Yes, and Indonesia has the fastest growing rate of HIV epidemic
Oh my goodness! What are we going to do?
Take the figures with a pinch of salt of course. Though the said statistics come from a very reputable body – the Almighty UN – it still leaves behind a trail of unanswered questions. First of all how do they collate the statistics? Hands up, I admit many African countries will not win a gong for organisation. If anything, we might be the antithesis of organisation. So where do they harvest their statistics about Aids in Africa/Asia from? They drop into every hospital I suppose counting HIV patients. That’s if the hospital even keeps proper records.
So if you talk about record keeping, it’s a big no- no, then how do they get their statistics?
I am a bit wary of people who present you with convenient sounding figures without verifying their sources. Or maybe its mystery is wrapped in its surreptitiousness.
What is there to commemorate?
Don’t tell me you’re so ignorant. Never heard of World Aids Day?
Oh, that. Well I’m having second thoughts about the whole thing.
Because when they say ‘World’ Aids Day I honestly can’t tell which world they’re referring to. At least that’s the impression I get reading through the various articles on offer from media organisations. In their books the ‘World’ falls into two categories. The first category is the world which is the epicentre of devastation, suffering and dysfunctional systems (South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia appeared in most news reports – since when did the world shrink to these regions?)
In the second category you have organisations mainly from North America and Western Europe taking the recalcitrant HIV bull by the horns. They are the ones fighting to raise awareness and pushing for the availability of drugs. So honestly, I think December 1st should be renamed. World Aids Day is surely not a befitting appellation.
What are your suggestions?
Since it is a case of the developing world being the 'suffering one' and the developed world the 'saviour' churning out initiatives to save the dying world. Maybe we could try America/Europe come to the Aid of HIV-stricken Africa/Asia Day.
That sound’s too long and clumsy. Something more sensational might be fitting
All right, how about, STOP PRESS!!! CHILVAROUS WEST RACES TO SAVE EASTERN DAMSEL IN DISTRESS DAY.
Come on! Keep the sarcasm out of it
Okay okay let’s have an African Malaria Day instead
Food for thought. I won’t elaborate on it.
Isn’t it funny how people can pull out a few statistics and conveniently tuck away the rest?
What do you mean?
You know I was telling you earlier how the World Aids Day focuses on developing regions.
A little mole told me that the developed world have their share of woes
I like a bit of gossip, indulge me.
Hum, it’s ironic but I heard The rate of new cases of HIV/Aids in the UK is one of the highest in the European Union
Yes and the UK has the third highest rate of new infections behind Estonia and Portugal. Sadly though they can still come out self righteous by blaming it on the black African community and gay men
Why am I not surprised? I noticed feature articles commemorating World Aids Day were mainly centred on black faces
True, but I won’t let them off lightly. The little mole also tells me UK has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Western Europe. Do you know there have even been proposals for school girls aged between 12 and 13 to get vaccinated against cervical cancer
Really. Simply put, no one bags the blame for HIV. We are all accomplices. So let's have more equitable reports.
Well spoken, friend, well spoken.
So I’ll end on this note
World Aids Day is a reminder once again of media imperialism. Those who have the means dictate the news agenda
World Aids Day is a reminder once again of McDonaldisation. A country says from December 1st 1988 we will commemorate Aids, not malaria or any other killer diseases, and the ‘world’ follows suit
World Aids Day flags up globalisation. The ever shrinking world growing more and more homogeneous. But concomitantly the chasm between the have’s and have not’s widens.
But I know there’s more to this issue than my simplistic rant explores. All the same, it’s World Aids Day, let’s commemorate!