Is the vulnerability of Indigenous Peoples to HIV/AIDS given sufficient attention?
November 30, 2018
Every year, on December 1st, the international community observes a day that is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic.
In these Indigenous Rights Radio programs, we look at how HIV/AIDS affects Indigenous communities worldwide.
In Botswana, San community members in search for employment opportunities would leave their homesteads and head to the city, sometimes to return infected with HIV. The San community embarked on an awareness initiative in an attempt to curb the rising HIV infection rate and the stigma associated with AIDS.Migration can also place people in situations of heightened vulnerability to HIV, and presently there are millions of people on the move, internationally. We spoke to Gakemotho Satau, the coordinator of the Trust for Okavango Cultural and Development Initiative and Trevor Stratton from the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS, to get a global picture of Indigenous Peoples and HIV/AIDS.
HIV advocate Marama Mullen (Ngatiawa Māori), executive director of INA (the Maori, Indigenous, and South Pacific HIV/AIDS Foundation) discusses the HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness network that her organization has fostered among Indigenous communities in the South Pacific.