Job Losses We Can be Proud Of: Progress on HIV/AIDS in Lesotho


July 9, 2012
John Fawcett, Legislative Director

In Saturday’s New York Times, columnist Nick Kristof tells the story of progress on HIV/AIDS in Africa through the lens of coffin makers in Lesotho:

These coffin makers in the street markets are idle partly because American spending on programs to fight AIDS around the world means that vast numbers of people are no longer dying at a young age. So coffin makers sit dejectedly beside stacks of lumber, waiting for business.

As our friends at the PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Kristof writes of visiting a rural clinic in Bobete, Lesotho run by Partners in Health. In 2009, I had the pleasure of visiting this same clinic. After an exhilarating flight through the mountains in a tiny Cessna we touched down at the Bobete health clinic, perched on a high plateau. I had the chance to interview Dr. Tinashe Chinyanga, the director of the health center, on the progress and challenges in working in a remote rural clinic.  Check it out.