US embassy cable - 00HARARE7068

AMBASSADOR COMMISSIONS HIV/AIDS WALL IN HARARE FUNDED BY THE U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION UNCLASSIFIED

Identifier: 00HARARE7068
Wikileaks: View 00HARARE7068 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2000-12-15 09:12:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: TBIO PREL SOCI ZI
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 7842
INFO SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
CDC ATLANTA GA
UNCLAS HARARE 007068 
 
SIPDIS 
 
LONDON FOR CHARLES GURNEY 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
 
PASS USTR FOR ROSA WHITAKER 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: TBIO, PREL, SOCI, ZI 
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR COMMISSIONS HIV/AIDS WALL IN HARARE 
FUNDED BY THE U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND 
PREVENTION 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
 
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1.  ON DECEMBER 13, THE U.S. MISSION HELPED CELEBRATE THE 
ROLLING OUT OF A NEW HIV/AIDS INITIATIVE IN ZIMBABWE.  THE 
"AIDS WALL: HEALING THE COMMUNITY" IS A Z-SHAPED WALL 
COVERED WITH CERAMIC TILES PAINTED BY LOCAL ARTISTS FROM 
RUWA, ZIMBABWE.  THE AIDS WALL STANDS IN THE OUTDOOR 
SCULPTURE GARDEN OF THE NATIONAL GALLERY IN DOWNTOWN 
HARARE.  THE TILES DEPICT IN FRANK, POIGNANT BUT ALSO 
HUMOROUS WAYS THE IMPACT THAT AIDS IS HAVING ON BOTH URBAN 
AND RURAL COMMUNITIES IN ZIMBABWE.  APPEARING ON ONE SIDE 
OF THE WALL ARE THE NAMES OF THE ARTISTS, CDC ZIMBABWE AND 
THAT OF AMBASSADOR TOM MCDONALD AS AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO 
THEIR COLLECTIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS 
IN ZIMBABWE.  THE PROJECT WAS CONCEIVED BY JOYCE KOHL, A 
FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR, IMPLEMENTED BY ROS BYRNE POTTERY FACTORY 
AND THEIR ARTISTS, AND FUNDED BY THE U.S. CENTERS FOR 
DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) AS PART OF CDC'S 
EFFORTS TO COUNTERACT THE RELATIVE INVISIBILITY OF THIS 
OVERWHELMING BUT SILENT EPIDEMIC, TO PROMOTE MOBILIZATION 
OF COMMUNITIES TO ADDRESS THE EPIDEMIC. 
 
2.  THE UNVEILING ALSO PROVIDED CDC AND ZIMBABWEAN 
OFFICIALS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE DEPARTING AMERICAN 
AMBASSADOR, TOM MCDONALD, FOR HIS UNTIRING COMMITMENT TO 
THE ERADICATION OF AND ADVOCACY ON HIV/AIDS.  UNVEILING THE 
WALL, AMBASSADOR MCDONALD REITERATED THE UNITED STATES' 
COMMITMENT TO ASSIST THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE IN THEIR BATTLE 
AGAINST HIV/AIDS, DESPITE POLITICAL PROBLEMS AFFECTING THE 
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.  DR. DAVID 
PARIRENYATWA, DEPUTY MINISTER OF HEALTH AND CHILD WELFARE, 
APPLAUDED THE U.S. EMBASSY, THE ARTISTS, THE FULBRIGHT 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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SCHOLARS PROGRAM, AND THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ZIMBABWE FOR 
THIS INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION.  THE DEPUTY MINISTER STATED 
THAT HE HOPED AND BELIEVED THAT THIS WALL WOULD BECOME PART 
OF A PROCESS OF BREAKING THE SILENCE AROUND HIV/AIDS IN 
ZIMBABWE, THE FIRST STEP TO FINDING SOLUTIONS TO STOP THE 
EPIDEMIC. 
 
3.  IN ZIMBABWE, CDC WORKS PRINCIPALLY TO STRENGTHEN 
BIOMEDICAL AND BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS IN PREVENTION AND 
CARE FOR HIV/AIDS, BUT ALSO WORKS TO STIMULATE EDUCATION, 
AWARENESS, AND SOCIAL MOBILIZATION THROUGH TARGETED 
COMMUNITY INTERVENTIONS, SUCH AS THE AIDS WALL. 
 
MCDONALD 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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