I was perusing the blogs that were included in the latest edition of the International Carnival of Pozitivities when I cam across the heart-breaking blog of an AIDS worker in Botswana called Where in the World is Connor MacEachern. From his blog:
AIDS has infiltrated every facet of Botswana’s society, so much so that one of my colleagues at BONASO [the aid organization] fell victim to it in August. Some might say that if someone at BONASO, who has all the information, can still become infected, how can we expect to help? The answer, in this case, is in the question. Information can only go so far. A box of pamphlets can’t prevent a woman’s husband from cheating on her, all the workshops in the world won’t stop a rape, and a week of classes can easily be forgotten after a few drinks.
Information without action is just trivia.
The rest of the entry (which you should read) gave much reason for hope in the struggle against AIDS, as well as an interesting perspective as to why…
….the UN-created Millennium Development Goals, one of which is to eliminate HIV transmission by 2015, may ease hearts of the West, but they are a slap in the face to the people working in countries like Botswana. Putting a deadline on one the most valiant fights of our time is, at best, irrelevant.
This is a fascinating blog and deserves more readership. Go check it out!