Saturday, September 06, 2014

Important film about sexual rights and Africa

With the environmental movement the U.S. helped to kill or disable millions of Africans by withdrawing DDT and allowing malaria to soar again; now with sexual rights movement a new type of cultural imperialism is killing even more in the AIDS epidemic. Uganda's ABC program had brought its AIDS rates to one of the lowest in Africa from the highest. Now that it has been dismantled by westerners its rates have soared. Meanwhile, with the help of western values and aid (they get money if they change teaching on the family and sexual behavior), Botswana went from 3% to 24% infection rate in 20 years.

The first documented case of HIV/AIDS in Uganda occurred in 1982. From that small but ominous beginning, the curse of AIDS soon engulfed the country of Uganda, much as it swept across the African continent through the 1980s and into the 1990s. For Uganda, the epidemic was especially tragic given the nation’s desperate efforts to recover from the dark years of the dictator Idi Amin from 1971 to 1979 and subsequent years of political instability. By the early 1990s, the infection rate in Uganda of HIV reached 30 percent, and there was widespread agreement that if action were not taken quickly, the very survival of the country would be jeopardized.

President Yoweri Museveni, who came to power in 1986, settled on an aggressive government-sponsored plan that involved posters, radio messages, training, education, and public rallies and that called on the support of community leaders, local churches, and general public. The message was said to be as simple as the "ABCs": "Abstinence, Be Faithful, and if necessary, use Condoms."

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