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Local, Regional Artists Should Become Involved With Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, Official Says

September 2, 2008

Local and regional artists and celebrities should become increasingly involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa because they understand the cultures affected by the disease, Eugene Marillier-Malotana, founder and director of the Southern African Development Community Artists AIDS Festival and the SADC Artists AIDS Support Network, said recently, the Financial Gazette/AllAfrica.com reports. According to Marillier-Malotana, it would be more effective for local HIV/AIDS programs if local and not international celebrities were involved.

Marillier-Malotana has initiated an artists' forum that brings together Zimbabwean poets, musicians and actors to discuss HIV/AIDS issues. The forum allows artists to be "candid" about HIV/AIDS, Marillier-Malotana said, adding that the group hopes to open an HIV/AIDS testing and counseling center for artists. According to the Gazette/AllAfrica.com, the centers will be promoted through the SADC region, and they will help people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Marillier-Malotana said that SasNet will undertake research to provide data and statistics about artists living with HIV/AIDS and in need of antiretroviral therapy. The organization also aims to provide services, information and support to all artists, in particular to those living with HIV/AIDS (Financial Gazette/AllAfrica.com, 8/28).

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2008 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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