Saturday is for Funerals

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Harvard University Press, 2010 - History - 218 pages
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In the year 2000 the World Health Organization estimated that 85 percent of fifteen-year-olds in Botswana would eventually die of AIDS. In Saturday Is for Funerals we learn why that won't happen.

Unity Dow and Max Essex tell the true story of lives ravaged by AIDS—of orphans, bereaved parents, and widows; of families who devote most Saturdays to the burial of relatives and friends. We witness the actions of community leaders, medical professionals, research scientists, and educators of all types to see how an unprecedented epidemic of death and destruction is being stopped in its tracks.

This book describes how a country responded in a time of crisis. In the true-life stories of loss and quiet heroism, activism and scientific initiatives, we learn of new techniques that dramatically reduce rates of transmission from mother to child, new therapies that can save lives of many infected with AIDS, and intricate knowledge about the spread of HIV, as well as issues of confidentiality, distributive justice, and human rights. The experiences of Botswana offer practical lessons along with the critical element of hope.


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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Alternating chapters from Unity Dow (a Kenyan judge) and Max Essex (an AIDS researcher) on the AIDS epidemic in Botswana. I found Dow's chapters far more useful and interesting than Essex's--he seems ... Read full review


Sexual Transmission
MothertoChild Transmission
Diagnosis of HIV Infection
AIDS Disease in Adults and Availability of Treatment
AIDS in Children
HIV and Tuberculosis
Toxicities and Resistance to Drugs
Blood Transfusion as a Risk for HIV Infection
IO A Tribal Tradition
A Matter of Commitment
I3 He Died in China
IS Desperation for Pono
I6 Government Action Makes a Difference
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About the author (2010)

Unity Dow is a practicing lawyer in Botswana and the author of four novels. She was formerly a judge with both the Botswana High Court and The Interim Constitutional Court of Kenya.

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