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Dispatches: Living with AIDS

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 30 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:56
  1. Joanna Busza (, lecturer
  1. Centre for Population Studies, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    Sorious Samura, a journalist from Sierra Leone, set out to examine Africans' experience of the HIV epidemic by working as an orderly in a Zambian hospital and living with a local family with two HIV positive members. In this Dispatches programme he recorded his conversations and interactions with the ordinary men and women coping with Africa's greatest current challenge. Sorious interspersed the vignettes and interviews with his own video commentary in the form of a diary, which was thoughtful and provocative without drawing attention from the people he followed.

    The first part of the programme chronicled a hospital at the front line of AIDS, struggling with shortages and understaffing. The camera did not shy away from the blood, vomit, and tears accompanying each death. These …

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