World Pulse Emagazine | September 2013
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 Dispatches from the Zambian AIDS Epidemic         SEPT  2013

This July, World Pulse Managing Editor Corine Milano traveled to Zambia as an International Reporting Project Fellow to cover health issues from the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. With one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world—14.3% of the adult population—the Zambian people face an uphill battle.

This series of interviews and firsthand accounts from World Pulse community members in Zambia reveals the strength of the country’s women, who are holding together families and communities through an enduring health crisis. They are taking the lead as heads of household, community activists, outspoken survivors—and even soap opera actresses. They are the voice of a changing Zambia.

A Soap Opera That's Changing Lives

World Pulse community member Nancy Handabile on her role in the Zambian edutainment drama Love Games.
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A Fertile Ground for Infection

In Zambia, women shoulder a disproportionate share of the HIV/AIDS burden. World Pulse member Prudence Phiri seeks to halt the epidemic by upending entrenched power dynamics that place women at riskRead more »

A Deep Scar in My Heart

As a young child, 21-year-old Bwela Nchimunya Moombe lost her sister to HIV/AIDS. Today, she is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women in her community. Read more »

Picking Up the Pieces

Dorcas N. Chewe was devastated when she and her two sons were diagnosed with HIV, but today she refuses to be defined by her status and is raising a family of activists. Read more »

The Adulterous Father

Like many women in Zambia, when Ngoza Simwanza was pregnant with her firstborn child, she relied on a Traditional Birth Attendant to address complications. Now she advocates for every woman to have access to safe medical careRead more Â»



Visit our managing editor's World Pulse journal for observations and reflections from her trip to Zambia.

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These stories were made possible through the International Reporting Project (IRP). Learn more about IRP reporting trips.


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