Her Big Idea: Annie Lennox

We can overcome HIV/AIDS, she says.
Annie Lennox LEAD.jpg

The Aspen Institute

Annie Lennox has a new mission: battling HIV and AIDS, particularly in Africa. She spoke about the topic at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Saturday: "In South Africa, right now, one in three pregnant women are HIV-positive. I'd like you take just a moment to consider this. In the United States, can you imagine that one in three pregnant women were HIV positive? It is unimaginable. I've been an HIV/AIDS campaigner for almost a decade. Over the years, I've traveled to African countries like Malawi, Uganda, and South Africa, where I've personally witnessed the devastation of AIDS. I've visited clinics, hospitals, orphanages, and people in their homes in rural areas and urban townships. I've seen young women and mothers dying in their prime, leaving their children to fend precariously for themselves, with entire generations and communities wiped out.

"As a woman, a mother, a human being, I find this intolerable and profoundly unacceptable, especially because it doesn't have to be this way."

Presented by

Emma Green is the assistant managing editor of TheAtlantic.com, where she also writes about religion and culture.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Photos of New York City, in Motion

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book

Video

The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"

Video

This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.

Video

What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.

More in Health

Just In