Talk about AIDS, and most eyes turn to Africa.
Elsewhere in the world, the specter of another disaster lurks. Asia presents a different set of challenges, with its complicated mix of child trafficking, prostitution, drug abuse, labor migration over porous borders, and political leaders in disease denial. For public health officials, the numbers are the first thing to consider.
There are two and a half billion people in China and India alone. Multiply this by even modest infection rates, and there’s the potential for monumental disaster. But unlike Africa, where the talk is mostly of treatment, Asia holds out the promise of prevention.
(Hosted by Tom Ashbrook)
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke
Adrienne Germain, International Women’s Health Coalition, and Arni Amin, behavioral scientist at Johns Hopkins University.