Piecing the Puzzle

Piecing the Puzzle

The Genesis of AIDS Research in Africa

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In Piecing the Puzzle, journalist and documentary filmmaker Larry Krotz chronicles the fascinating history of the pioneering Kenyan, Canadian, Belgian, and American research team that uncovered HIV/AIDS in Kenya, their scientific breakthroughs and setbacks, and their exceptional thirty-year relationship that began a new era of global health collaboration.


In 1979, Dr. Allan Ronald, a specialist in infectious diseases from Canada, and Dr. Herbert Nsanze, head of medical microbiology at University of Nairobi, met through the World Health Organization. Ronald had just completed a successful project that cured a chancroid (genital ulcer) epidemic in Winnipeg and Nsanze asked him to come to Kenya to help with Kenya’s “sexual diseases problem.” That initial invitation led to a groundbreaking international scientific collaboration that would uncover critical pieces in the complex puzzle that became today’s HIV/AIDS pandemic. In Piecing the Puzzle, journalist and documentary filmmaker Larry Krotz chronicles the fascinating history of the pioneering Kenyan, Canadian, Belgian, and American research team that uncovered HIV/AIDS in Kenya, their scientific breakthroughs and setbacks, and their exceptional thirty-year relationship that began a new era of global health collaboration.


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For over 30 years, an international research team fighting HIV/AIDS in Kenya employed innovative techniques such as a public education program centered on promotion of male circumcision, and interviews with sex workers and their customers about their attitudes and sexual practices. Since 1992, author Krotz has been following the work of the international research team as a journalist and documentary filmmaker. In this account, he chronicles the Kenya project in the context of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, drawing heavily on interviews he conducted between 2009 and 2011 with members of the research team and others. The book contains b&w contemporary photos. It is distributed in the US by Michigan State University Press. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Winnipeg : University of Manitoba Press, 2012
Description: viii, 178 p. : ports
ISBN: 9780887554223
0887554229
9780887554209
0887554202
9780887557309
0887557309
Branch Call Number: 616.9792 Kro

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