HIV/AIDS cultural activism: IRIN’s ‘heroes of HIV’ short film series (018)

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IRIN Films is pleased to announce the launch of “Heroes of HIV” – a powerful and moving series of short films on HIV/AIDS.

“Heroes of HIV” profiles people involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Their stories are sometimes sad, sometimes uplifting, always inspiring.

catholicbishop200908241127570294.jpgKevin Dowling is a South African Catholic Bishop, who has worked for years with the poor of Rustenburg, northern South Africa. But the shockingly high rates of HIV infection in these communities persuaded him that, against Catholic Church doctrine, condoms should be promoted as the only effective means of halting the spread of the virus.

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natalie hoffman, st. helena star: ca state cuts decimate healthcare safety nets for poor & vulnerable (017)

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State cuts drain money from local programs

By Natalie Hoffman
Saturday, September 05, 2009

Saturday updateJuly brought the California Legislature’s passage of a state budget largely shoring up California’s $26 billion shortfall, but local elder advocates are lamenting massive cuts to safety net programs for low-income seniors and the disabled.

Among Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s line-item vetoes are virtually all state funding for the Linkages Case Management program, Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Centers and Senior Brown Bag program — all of which health experts say help vulnerable adults stay more independent and avoid premature placement in nursing homes and other institutions.

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