Oprah Winfrey To Discuss Trip to Zambia To Learn About AIDS Orphans on ABCNews ‘Primetime’ Special
ABCNews on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET is scheduled to air a special episode of "Primetime," titled, "Oprah in Africa: A Personal Journey, A Global Challenge," profiling Oprah Winfrey's recent trip to Zambia to learn more about AIDS orphans, the New York Post reports (Starr, New York Post, 12/17). Winfrey was encouraged to take her two-day 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, where approximately one in five people is HIV-positive and one in three children is an orphan (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/15). According to the Post, Winfrey tells Diane Sawyer that she identifies with the children because of their poverty and living conditions. "I see myself in those children. Not only because their skin is black and I see myself in their eyes and feel myself in their hearts, but I came from that," Winfrey says (New York Post, 12/17). According to a Dec. 9 interview on CNN's "Larry King Live," Winfrey is also scheduled to discuss her trip in an upcoming episode of her talk show (King, "Larry King Live," CNN, 12/9). The complete transcript of the CNN interview with Winfrey 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.