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Author: Tina Rosenberg
Published In: New York Times, January 28, 2001
Summary: Fighting claims that their health care system is too fragile, or that treating AIDS is too expensive, virtually every AIDS patient in Brazil for whom it is medically indicated gets, for free, the same triple cocktails that keep rich Americans healthy.
Why We’re Highlighting This Story: Though this story is twelve years old, it hits many points on the solutions journalism checklist and is extremely relevant in how journalists should be approaching public health stories today.
Rosenberg introduces her piece by painting a picture of the utter devastation of the AIDS epidemic, from its millions of casualties to economic destruction and war, and noting why possible solutions have failed—triple therapy, a success in the developed world, has been out of reach financially for the entirety of the developing world.
The “bright spot,” Rosenberg notes–a place that has seen its death rate from AIDS halved, prevented hundreds of thousands of new hospitalizations, achieved a reduced transmission rate and stabilization of the epidemic, and an overall improvement in the state of the public’s health–is Brazil. [Read more...]