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Aids in Mozambique: shattering taboos

Martin Beaulieu | Mozambique

In desperate need of drugs, 42-years-old Daniel is dying quietly, far from the glances of the world. Eleven months ago, he learned he was HIV positive, just like his wife Rosa and their youngest child, a 4-years-old daughter. After a decade of watching Africans dying because of the treatment's excessive cost, the competition of generic drugs in 2001 creates a considerable drop in prices, down to 300$ per year. For millions of patients like Daniel, however, the price of these drugs, which hold tremendous possibilities, remains too high: Mozambique average per capita income is 250$ a year.

 As Aids baffling statistics persist, an attempt to grasp, through photography, the daily lives of those touched by the disease remains necessary. To avoid the clean, sterilized front or the crushing impotence often felt through the unbearable imagery, and rather to capture the full complexity of suffering, hope and life in which dignity itself is at stake. Literally, Aids epidemic ruins Mozambique. Greatest threat to the development of the country, it affects some 12% of its 15- to 49-years-old population (according to the UNICEF). Despite their well-attested efficiency, antiretroviral treatments reach a tiny part of seropositive people in Africa.

 Doctors Without Borders

 Martin Beaulieu

info@martinbeaulieu.ca  /  (1)514.572.1357

www.martinbeaulieu.ca   /   www.photo.martinbeaulieu.ca

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