Natalia Baloyi has a lot to smile about these days. Hers is a tale of what hope and determination can help one achieve in times of trouble. Almost three years ago, as a 22 year-old Natalia was unemployed and head of a household with three siblings and a son of her own following the death of her parents from a suspected AIDS-related disease. Health-e goes back to the young women we first met in 2001 at her home in Marironi village outside Tzaneen in Limpopo province.
Extreme poverty and not HIV/AIDS is the world’s biggest killer and the greatest cause of ill-health and suffering, President Thabo Mbeki told some 12 000 delegates at the opening of the13th world AIDS conference in Durban.