The Fight that Never Ends

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To understand the problem you almost have to forget about the numbers.

Over the next 20 years, in 45 countries, 68 million people could be killed by AIDS. If you try to concentrate on that, your mind gets lost. So instead imagine a handful of houses in a sub-Saharan African township. Men and women are sick, unable to work. One in five is likely to die from AIDS. So the gardens go untended, the animals go hungry and so do children. And slowly, slowly the spectre of famine grows.

Peter Piot, the head of the UN AIDS Fund, says this cycle of infection and starvation is leading to a “completely new order of global humanitarian crisis.” Peter Piot, brings his fight against AIDS to our studio


Peter Piot, executive director of UN AIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on H.I.V./AIDS