Never Give Up / Vignettes from Sub-Saharan Africa in the Age of AIDS

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Never Give Up puts the AIDS pandemic into cultural context, raising questions about international health issues, cross-cultural experiences, racism, and homophobia. In his role as executive director of Open Arms of Minnesota, a nonprofit organization that provides meals and related services to people with HIV/AIDS, Kevin Winge shares his firsthand knowledge of the realities and challenges facing people living with the disease. While earning his master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Winge traveled to the townships outside of Cape Town, South Africa, where he lived and worked with AIDS workers for six months. He chronicled his daily activities by telling stories about the people he came in contact with, accounts that are included here. Emotional and highly personal, the lives and conditions depicted in Never Give Up are a strong call to action for all of us to respond to this devastating disease with compassion and determination.

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Based in Minneapolis, Winge travels and speaks extensively on the subject of HIV/AIDS and the national and international disparities in access to health care. He makes frequent trips to South Africa where he continues work to educate and bring hope to people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Winge, who runs a Minnesota nonprofit serving people with HIV/AIDS, went to Africa for six months to do fieldwork for a graduate program and witnessed the intersection of international health issues and racism in the small township of Guguletu, South Africa. Through conversations with AIDS sufferers in Guguletu and recollections of friends who died of AIDS in New York in the 1980s, Winge puts a human scale to the statistics regarding HIV infection and AIDS mortality. Once he got past the image of the ugly American with tourist intentions and do-gooder impulses, Winge slowly won the trust of the people of the townships and learned how they lived with the pandemic of AIDS. Winge asked residents about their wishes and heard of simple things: young people wanting to live to their 20s or 30s, older people wanting schooling for their children. This is a very personal appeal for greater awareness and outrage at the extent to which AIDS is scourging poor nations of the world, particularly in Africa, in hopes of provoking action. Vanessa Bush
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