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Family and Friends

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2013 by stevemccurry
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Tibet

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you,
but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach,
because you do not just live in a world.
A world lives in you.

- Frederick Buechner

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India

 

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India

Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.
- William Shakespeare

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Yemen

 

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Afghanistan

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
- George Bernard Shaw

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Vietnam

Nor need we power or splendor, wide hall or lordly dome;
the good, the true, the tender- these form the wealth of home.
- Sarah J. Hale (1788- 1879)

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Baluchistan, Pakistan

 

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Italy

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
-Mencius, Chinese philosopher, 4th cent. BCE

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Karelia, Russia

An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.
- Spanish Proverb

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Peru

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home
that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating
virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.
-  Winston Churchill

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Honduras

What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.
- Mother Teresa

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Tibet

 

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India

There is only one good-looking child in the world, and every mother has it.
- Chinese Proverb

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Afghanistan

The two things we can give our children are roots which firmly anchor them,
and wings which allow them to become independent.

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Yemen

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
 – Jane Austen

FRANCE-10126, France, 1989

Paris, France

A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly,
takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
- William Penn

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Fiji

 

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Yemen

 

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New York, United States

 

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India

Interview with Scott Schuman for the Sartorialist blog:
http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/the-mccurry-interview-part-1/

 

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Silent Language of Hands

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2013 by stevemccurry
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Afghanistan

Behold the hands
how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate, 

refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, 
mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of
variation which makes the tongue envious.
– Michel de Montaigne

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Sharbat Gula, Nasir Bagh Refugee Camp, Peshawar, Pakistan

 

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Vietnam

Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say.
They can show a range of feelings and emotions from confusion and frustration
to joy, understanding, love, and compassion. 

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Afghanistan

Among all species, our human hands are unique — not only in what they can accomplish,
but also in how they communicate. Human hands can paint the Sistine Chapel, pluck a guitar,
maneuver surgical instruments, chisel a David, forge steel, and write poetry.
They can grasp, scratch, poke, punch, feel, sense, evaluate, hold and mold the world around us.
- Joe Navarro

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Florida, United States

 

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New York City, United States

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us,
we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions,or cures,
 have chosen rather to share our pain
 and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
- Henri Nouwen

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Cuba

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we 
have received and
let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

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Tibet

Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs.
They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us.  They soothe and caress.
They draw our attention to the good and the bad, often suggesting exuberance or fear.
- Charles Flowers introduction to Elliott Erwitt’s Handbook

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Mali

 

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Kashmir

 

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Tibet

Hands have saved lives and taken them just as easily.
They create the saviors of life as well as the purveyors of death.
Creating and destroying with a single move
a finger can move mountains or search the unknown heavens.
Hands live to caress and love.
Hands live to fight and die.
Forever living hands, forever exploring hands.
- Bruce Alan Humphrey

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Afghanistan

To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.
- Taisen Deshimaru

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Burma

Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as
beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.
- Rumi ( 1207 – 1273)

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Ireland

 

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Japan

Hold a true friend with both hands
- African Proverb

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Paraguay

To pray means to open your hands before God.
- Henri Nouwen

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United States

 

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Kunar Province, Afghanistan

Kunar Province, Afghanistan

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Russia

The hands which beckon,
embrace, soothe, and comfort us
Bid us farewell.

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Uganda

…For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.
Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene 5
-William Shakespeare

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Upstairs, Downstairs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by stevemccurry

Burma

For centuries, stairs have symbolized journeys, rites of passage,
transitions,
and stages of  life in art, literature, and music.

Tibet

My Soul. I summon to the winding ancient stair;
Set all your mind upon the steep ascent,
Upon the broken, crumbling battlement,
Upon the breathless starlit air,
‘Upon the star that marks the hidden pole;
Fix every wandering thought upon
That quarter where all thought is done:
Who can distinguish darkness from the soul
William Butler Yeats

Italy

Stairs are climbed step by step.
– Turkish Proverb

Kashmir

Children’s stories tell tales of boys and girls discovering treasures upstairs in the
attic and fearing what is downstairs in the basement.

Afghanistan

Faith is taking the first step even when
you don’t see the whole staircase.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Burma

Morocco

India 

Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe,
grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts,
emerges ahead of his accomplishments.
– John Steinbeck

Italy

Jodhpur, India

My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be
through Earth’s loveliness.
– Michelangelo

Italy

Mt. Popa, Burma
The stairway climbs a 300-foot lava plug crowned by Buddhist temples.

Serbia

Mother to Son
Well, Son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor –
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now –
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
- Langston Hughes

New York, September 12, 2001 

Japan 

New York

Halfway down the stairs
is a stair
where i sit.
there isn’t any
other stair
quite like
it.
i’m not at the bottom,
i’m not at the top;
so this is the stair
where
I always
stop.

Halfway up the stairs
Isn’t up
And it isn’t down.
It isn’t in the nursery,
It isn’t in town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head.
It isn’t really
Anywhere!
It’s somewhere else
Instead!
A.A. Milne

Italy

Haiku
Steep steps
Uneven treads
Life
- bmv

India 

Iraq 

India 

Afghanistan

On and Off the Wall

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2011 by stevemccurry

Street Art | Graffiti, Murals, Posters, and Signs

 BURMA-10365NF4Inside a bell at a pilgrimage site, Mingun, Myanmar/Burma

Graffiti has existed since ancient Greece and Rome.  It expresses political and cultural views, and many consider it an art form.

BURMA-10428Myanmar/Burma

 CUBA-10023Havana, Cuba

When there are cultural and political shifts, it is sometimes possible to see the earliest indications  by literally looking at the “writing on the wall.”

CUBA-10017 Havana, Cuba

GERMANY-10055Berlin, Germany

 

 Posters are found in public places all over the world. They are  designed to attract the attention of passers-by and entice them to purchase a particular product or service, make them aware of a political viewpoint, or attend a specific event. If suddenly it were decreed that they all must disappear, it would seem that all color had disappeared from the urban landscape, and the cities would appear a mournful gray.
- Max Gallo

 INDIA-10328NFPoster Studio, Mumbai/Bombay, India

ITALY-10080Venice, Italy 

INDIA-10530Anand, Gujarat, India

INDIA-11029 Dentist’s Clinic, Ujjain, India 

 USA-10167New York, NY

 Throughout the world there have been murals on walls as long as there have been people to scratch them, paint them, etch them, carve them and make them.

USA-10432New York, NY 

 

 

USA-10293Street art on the pavement at Seventh Avenue & Bleecker Street, New York

From the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux, France, to the ceremonial and celebratory murals of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome,
India, and Mesopotamia, the history of murals is long,  rich and varied.

 

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  Ancient murals often depicted activities in which the people of the time engaged, from religious ceremonies to
scenes of hunting and gathering for sustenance.

- Kaizaad Kotwal

 AFGHN-13103Mujahid, Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-10255 Kunduz, Afghanistan

 AFGHN-12517Young men admiring Movie Poster, Pul-i-Khumri, Afghanistan 

AFGHN-12524 Poster Vendor, Kabul, Afghanistan 

 Posters are mirrors because they reflect and sometimes distort the culture and the customs of the time.
– Max Gallo

FRANCE-10046Metro Station, Paris, France

Nice piece in PhotoShelter blog:
http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/07/steve-mccurry-the-iconic-photographs-unboxing.html

Lost in Thought

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by stevemccurry
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Bagan, Burma/Myanmar
 A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought.  There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. 
- Victor Hugo
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 Angkor Wat, Cambodia

 Never be afraid to sit a while and think. 
- Lorraine Hansberry,  A Raisin in the Sun
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 Varanasi, India
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Afghanistan 
 
CAMBODIA-10323
  Cambodia

 Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen;
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. 
-Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks, 1508
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Canada 
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New York City 
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South Korea 
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Uzbekistan 
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United States
CHINA-10065China
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Honduras
AFGHN-12422Ahmed Shah Massoud, Kabul, Afghanistan
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Bamiyan, Afghanistan
 
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
– Voltaire

CAMBODIA-10298Angor Wat, Cambodia 

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Jammu & Kashmir 
SPAIN-10020NFMuseo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Guernica and the Evolution of Consciousness, Picasso

USA-10292Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
Winnie the Pooh,  A.A. Milne

Between Darkness and Light

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2011 by stevemccurry

UGANDA-10002 Kampala, Uganda

 Shadows:  The places between darkness and light

Young Cambodian boys play in the ruins of Preah Khan near Angkor Wat, Cambodia.  Preah Khan, surrounded by jungle, is named for a sacred sword Jayavarman II left to his successor, is still guarded by his descendants.  Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia, 1999.Cambodia

“Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter’s day, how beautiful the shadows are.
  Alas!  It is the nature of their kind to be so.
The lovliest things in life are but shadows, and they come and go, and change and fade away…”

- Charles Dickens 

AFGHN-10156Kabul, Afghanistan

War's toll on the psyche is etched on faces at Marastun, a shelter for the mentally ill in Kabul.  Afghans tell of relatives gone made from years of dodging bombs or being forced to fight alongside Soviets against the mujahidin.Kabul, Afghanistan

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Burma, 2010Burma/Myanmar

CAMBODIA-10126Cambodia

INDIA-10298nsBodh Gaya, India

00246_01 An Indian girl peers out of a train window, 1983.Girl peeks out a train window, India

Mud mosque, Djenne, Mali, 1986. MALI-10012NF7 Unguarded Moment_BookMud Mosque, Mali

DSC_4269; japan; 05/2011; may; 2011, JAPAN-10101NF2After the earthquake and tsunami, Japan, 2011 

PHILIPPINES-10048; Philippines, 03/1986Philippines

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VIETNAM-10004Vietnam

YUGOSLAVIA-10032, Yugoslavia, 1989Croatia

USA-10294Grand Central Terminal, New York

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Train Station, Old Delhi, India 

 “The Sun never knew how wonderful it was until it fell on the wall of a building.”

Louis Kahn, Architect
quoted in the forward of  the book,
In Praise of Shadows,  Junichiro Tanizaki

CAMBODIA-10052Cambodia

FRANCE-10028, France, 1989  Marseilles, France

AFGHN-10225Jalalabad, Afghanistan 

Access to Life

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 9, 2010 by stevemccurry

I was privileged to be one of eight Magnum photographers who went around the world as part of the Global Fund Access to Life project.The exhibition has already traveled to seven countries and is now at the United Nations in New York.

The GF reports that one billion dollars has been raised as a result of this effort.That means that five million people have been able to go on antiretroviral treatments.

I had photographed AIDS patients before, but this assignment was different. It offered me the chance to see the positive results of the new AIDS treatments. The plan was that I was to meet the people who were being given free treatments that would keep them alive.

Nguyen Van Louc

Luan was a young woman who had just married at 19, had a small child, and expected to live a typical farmer’s life in the countryside. Out of the blue, she learned that her husband was dying from AIDS – and that she too had been infected with the virus. Knowing free treatment was available was the one thing that gave her a little bit of hope.
Luoc said he and his brother had shared a needle to inject vitamins, but his brother was infected with AIDS at the time. Sadly, Luoc died before the assignment was completed.

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Nguyen Van Louc contracted AIDS from his brother.

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Nguyen Van Luoc and his wife return to their home after visiting a local clinic. Due to his delicate health, she steadies him as they walk down a mud path between fields which will eventually grow rice. Two of their dogs greet them as they approach the house.

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Nguyen Van Luoc and his wife, Luan at home, Thai Nguyen province, Vietnam, 2007

 

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Nguyen Van Luoc sitting in bed at home late in the morning. Normally  he would be out in the field working, but due to his damaged immune system from HIV, he developed tuberculosis.

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Luoc’s wife, Luan at their farmhouse, 2007

 

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Luoc’s aunt helps in the caretaking, 2007

 

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Luoc’s wife and daughter mourn at his grave, 2008

 

Duong Van Tuyen

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Duong Van Tuyen shortly before he died in December 2007, Thái Nguyên Province, 2007

 

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Luong, his wife, cares for Tuyen in their home, 2007

 

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Luong, December 2007

 

Luong reacts emotionally to discovering that she too is HIV-positive. Although their marriage became rocky once Tuyen was diagnosed with AIDS, Luong was resigned to her fate.

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Luong consoles the couple’s son Toan, 2008

 

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Luong visits Tuyen’s grave, 2008

 

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Luong and Toan take a walk in the fields beyond their village. Luong now cares for Toan alone, 2008

 

 

Nguyen Quoc Khanh

The third person I photographed was Tiep. She had a breakfast stall in the market that was her family’s main source of income. But once people learned that her husband, Khanh, had AIDS, many of them stopped buying food from her. Yet Khanh represents the positive side of the AIDS story; he’s now recovering and knows it wouldn’t have turned out this way had he not received free treatment.

Nguyen Quoc Khanh, 44, husband of Tiep, father of Tanh, 16, and Binh, 13, began using opium when working in a gold mine. When opium sellers switched to heroin around 1995, Khanh did too, and then succombed to shared needle use.

Khanh first fell ill in 2002 and in 2007 he acquired TB. By the time he started antiretroviral treament, he was so weak he spent most of his life in bed. Only a few months after he began taking his ARVs he had found work and refurbrished their apartment.

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Nguyen Quoc Khanh waiting to get his results from his blood test.

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Viet Tri City, Vietnam. 2007

 

Nguyen Quoc Khanh with portrait of himself prepared for a shrine in the event of his death.

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Nguyen Quoc Khanh’s wife, Tiep, and son, Binh, watch Nguyen Quoc Khanh in bed.

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Nguyen Quoc Khanh lies in bed, Viet Tri, Phu Tho province, Vietnam, 2007

 

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Nguyen Quoc Khanh gets his blood tested, Viet Tri, Phu Tho province, Vietnam, 2007.

 

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After four months of treatment, Nguyen Quoc Khanh showed significant improvement and was able to go back to work. In the evening he demonstrates some martial arts moves to his daughter that he learned in his youth.  His wife is grateful for the dignity the treatment had brought back to her husbandand the family. She says, “when you’re between death and life and you come back, your health becomes precious.”  His work as a painter, sporadic as it is because he can’t afford to travel far, gives him and the family more inspiration than income, but they take it gratefully.

The percentage of Vietnam’s population infected with HIV is still low, at less than 1 percent. Most Vietnamese living with HIV became infected through contaminated needles while injecting drugs, and within this group, the rate of infection is radically higher. Because heroin and other drugs are cheap and casual use is common, HIV infection through drug use affects a larger part of the population in Vietnam than in many other countries.

It is gratifying to know that five million people have already gotten free medicine as a result of the donations made because of this exhibition.

http://www.theglobalfund.org/html/accesstolife/en/

ACCESS TO LIFE STATEMENT

Since the early 1980s, AIDS has ravaged the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Nearly 30 million people have died from AIDS. But over the past few years, a quiet global revolution has enabled millions of people infected by HIV to live healthy lives.

In the early 1990s, when antiretroviral drugs became available, AIDS was transformed from a certain death sentence to a manageable, chronic disease–but only for some. The expense of the drugs and their distribution prevented 95 percent of those living with HIV from getting access to them. International outrage that millions were dying because of economic disparity helped reduce drug prices, and also helped to create the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2002. Through the Global Fund and the U.S. President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, the world began to invest in a massive roll out of antiretroviral treatment in more than 100 developing countries. Doctors and health care workers around the world have adapted complicated procedures to settings where people often could not access even the most basic care. Already, millions of lives that otherwise might have been lost are being saved. Equally important, providing treatment is becoming a central part of the efforts to prevent further spread of the disease.

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