October 6, 2005

Effects of AIDS on Africa

Marcia Franklin and guest explore the toll that AIDS is taking on Africa. She talks with Stephen Lewis, the special United Nations envoy for AIDS in Africa.

Lewis is one of the world's experts on the social and political ramifications of the disease. He is the former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, and is also the director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which provides grants to groups in Africa who work with HIV/AIDS patients.

In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 25 million people are infected with AIDS. At the 2005 G8 summit of the world's richest countries, members focused on Africa and pledged an extra 25 billion dollars to the continent in the next five years, in part to fund AIDS prevention projects.

Franklin and Lewis talk about two of his main concerns: the effect of AIDS on women and orphaned children in Africa.