Toronto Globe and Mail Profiles Oprah Winfrey’s Trip to Zambia To Learn About AIDS Orphans
The Toronto Globe and Mail on Saturday profiled Oprah Winfrey's recent trip to Zambia to learn more about AIDS orphans. Winfrey was encouraged to take her two-day "learning trip" to Zambia after discussions with former South African President Nelson Mandela and U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis. Winfrey told Mandela and Lewis that she wanted to know more about the orphans' situation, so Lewis encouraged her to visit Zambia, which is "ground zero" for the problem, according to the Globe and Mail. Approximately one in five people in Zambia is HIV-positive and one in three children is an orphan. Approximately 11.5 million orphans younger than 15 live in sub-Saharan Africa, and that number is expected to increase to 20 million before the end of this decade, the Globe and Mail reports (Nolen, Globe and Mail, 12/13). The complete article is available online.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.