WBEZ | epidemic http://www.wbez.org/tags/epidemic Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bolivians with AIDS slowly begin fight against stereotypes http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-01/bolivians-aids-slowly-begin-fight-against-stereotypes-94505 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-01/aids1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On World AIDS Day, <em>Worldview </em>looks at Bolivia's nascent effort to raise awareness of the disease. Though the epidemic is growing rapidly around the world, Bolivia has the lowest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the region. In the last three years, the Bolivian government has made a concerted effort to educate the public about the epidemic and provide free drugs to those who need them.</p><p>But Bolivia’s mix of tradition and cultural diversity are proving to be major challenges when it comes to fighting AIDS. Ruxandra Guidi reports.</p><p><em>This piece was provided to us through the <a href="http://www.prx.org/" target="_blank">Public Radio Exchange</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 17:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-01/bolivians-aids-slowly-begin-fight-against-stereotypes-94505 Haiti’s earthquake recovery marred by forced evictions, cholera http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-21/haiti%E2%80%99s-earthquake-recovery-marred-forced-evictions-cholera-94237 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-21/haiti2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Although it's been two years since the earthquake and billions of dollars in aid have gone into the country, Haiti is still struggling. Many of those who were displaced in the earthquake still live in tent camps. And a public health disaster has further destabilized the country: half a million people have been sickened by cholera and 5,000 have died from the illness.</p><p>Attorney <a href="http://ijdh.org/who_we_are/staff_volunteers#nicole" target="_blank">Nicole Phillips</a> says the epidemic was triggered by United Nations workers who contracted cholera in Nepal, and then brought it to Haiti. An attorney with the <a href="http://ijdh.org/" target="_blank">Institute for Justice &amp; Democracy in Haiti</a> and <a href="http://www.usfca.edu/law/faculty/nicole_phillips/" target="_blank">assistant director</a> for Haiti Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Nicole is part of a team of lawyers that’s suing the UN on behalf of the Haitian people. She tells us why she's taking action and also gives us insights into the recent uptick in forced – and sometimes violent – evictions from Haiti’s tent camps under President Michel Martelly.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>To watch a video of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, addressing the cholera allegations with members of the press, click <a href="http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2011/11/daily-press-briefing-and-guest-catherine-bragg-ocha-on-her-recent-visit-to-central-america.html" target="_blank">here</a>. His comments begin at 15:55.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-21/haiti%E2%80%99s-earthquake-recovery-marred-forced-evictions-cholera-94237