08.10.2009 | V-EZ: Elaine Maane – an activist fighting against HIV in S Africa

Elaine Maane – an activist fighting against HIV in S Africa
With a contribution by Dr. Peter Schmitz (DED)

Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world. In 2007 an estimated 22 million people were living with HIV and approximately 1.9 million additional people were infected. In the same year 1.5 million adults and children died from AIDS in this region. Besides the fact that AIDS has caused immense human suffering in the continent, it is an immense constrain to social and economic development.

Elaine Maane works for STEPS – Social Transformation and Empowerment Project -in South Africa as a community trainer. STEPS is a project aiming to raise HIV/AIDS awareness through documentaries about people living with the virus.

Elaine recently published her book “Umzala” – her personal lifestory on how a woman had to find a way living with HIV. A touching story that aims to achieve openess around HIV/AIDS (http://www.openlypositive.com/what-we-do/books/umzala/).

Dr. Peter Schmitz, Head of the DED Health Department, will discuss with Elaine Maane the following questions:
– How have societies in Southern Africa changed under the impact of HIV/AIDS?
– Which challenges does HIV pose especially to women?
– How do the governments of the region give support to infected people?
– How do STEPS and other NGOs operate in the field of prevention?
– What does Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS mean for development cooperation? – – What about the experiences of DED and WFD?

Moderator: Brigitte Reinhardt

This event is open to the public.

Date: 8. October, 7pm

Ort: V-EZ, Bad Honnef, Lohfelder Str. 128. Gr. Saal

Contact: Dr. Werner Würtele
Abteilungsleiter/Head of Division
Abteilung 8.01 – Entwickungspolitik/Division 8.01 – Development Policy
Bereich 8 V-EZ Vorbereitungsstätte für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit/Department
8 Training Center for International Cooperation InWEnt – Internationale
Weiterbildung und Entwicklung gGmbH / Capacity Building International,
Germany Lohfelder Str. 128
53604 Bad Honnef, Germany
Fon +49 (0) 2224 – 926-303/ Fax +49 (0) 2224 – 926-241
werner.wuertele@inwent.org / www.inwent.org