Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has become one of the world's most serious health problems. No
country has been spared its ravaging effects, but one region has been
blighted more than any other. Infection rates in
sub-Saharan Africa are
phenomenally high, especially in Southern and
Eastern Africa, where up
to 30% of the population test HIV+. Parts of Asia, especially
India, China and Russia
are said to be an AIDS time bomb waiting to explode, while rates in Europe and the
continue to grow, but at a slower
The use of cheap, generically produced
anti-retro viral drugs, often
manufactured in Brazil,
India, have made
treatment of the
deadly disease much more affordable and available to large segments of
the world population. Previously, they were unavailable to the poor due to their
high cost. Many people who are
human immunodeficiency virus positive (HIV+) are able to live virtually normal
lives thanks to the use of these drugs, without which they might be long
dead. The AIDS epidemic is eased by teams of health specialists and social
workers whose aim is to lower infection rates,
as well as treat and
counsel those infected.
The photographs collected here result from several trips with an
theme by Sean Sprague, to many regions of the world on behalf of
development agencies. Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Ghana,
Uganda and Ethiopia were of particular focus in
are two countries in the
Americas where the theme of AIDS was
pursued by Sean's camera.
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7535 - Bertin Affognon of CRS Benin visiting woman with AIDS at Hospital in Porto Novo, Benin.
079 - Social worker Gabrielle O’Connor comforts Pablo, 3-year-old AIDS victim. San Paulo, Brazil.
6362 - Catholic Lay Missionaries AIDS orphan Korogocha slum, Nasirobi, Kenya.
262 - AIDS orphans at Kamwokya Christian Center, Kampala, Uganda.
371 - "Safe Sex with Condoms" billboard, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Country: El Salvador
625 - Diocesan AIDS Team volunteers practicing drama presentation illustrating incurableness of AIDS, San Salvador, El Salvador.