The HIV/AIDS epidemic in China

If I were asked to guess a country where AIDS is exploding, China wouldn’t come immediately to mind, but it should.  There was an 8.6% increase in the number of AIDS-related deaths in China last year; of those that were reported and/or acknowledged.  The percentage of cases might appear low in a country with an enormous population, but the number of affected people is high: over 68,000 new cases of HIV/AIDS reported in the past year.

CNN: Chinese students show their hands painted to look like red ribbons during a World AIDS Day event on November 30.

CNN: Chinese students show their hands painted to look like red ribbons during a World AIDS Day event on November 30.

CNN provides an overview of the current situation in China, touching on the years that the government denied there was a problem and their current policies, in the article The price of blood: China faces HIV/AIDS epidemic.

For more information on the current state of global HIV/AIDS, the 2012 report from UNAIDS is full of interesting data and impressive infographics.

Film series on mental health in Indonesia

From Raluca Szabo:

This looks amazing.  From the facebook blurb, which claims this is the first film series on mental health and illness in the developing world:

“Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia” is a 6-part series of ethnographic films on severe mental illness in Indonesia, based on material drawn from 12 years of person-centered research by writer/director Robert Lemelson. The trilogy, which follows 6 individuals of different ages and backgrounds, explores the relationship between culture, mental illness, and first-person experience. Purchase the DVDs at: www.afflictionsfilmseries.com

I will definitely be trying to acquire this one for classes.