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HIV pandemic in Soweto

Every day, 900 South Africans are dying by HIV/AIDS – An Al Jazeera Documentary

(Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Soweto (South Western Townships) was established in 1963 as a merger of 30 townships in the south-west of the South African industrial city of Johannesburg. From 1983 to 2002, Soweto was a separate city. Since 2002 Soweto is belonging in territorial view to Johannesburg. Soweto is known for the uprising in 1976 against the system of Apartheid.

According unofficial estimates more than 3.5 million people are living on 130 sq km. That means, that this part of Johannesburg is counting to the most populous area in Southern Africa. However, Soweto is challenging several problems – poverty, crime, unemployment, corruption, absent ecology and first of all the AIDS pandemic. Children are the most vulnerable victims in this dangerous society.

The Al Jazeera Channel is presenting from today an expressive documentary to the  Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, which is fighting against the  human immunodeficiency virus and trying to help babies & children with HIV. The saddest aspect is the fact that infants are inborn with the HI-Virus, transmitted by their mothers.  If these babies are keeping untreated, they will die. Every day, 900 South Africans are dying by HIV.

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