​A new book and film are being launched in Africa this week 'Courage and Hope' shares the remarkable story of teachers living positively with HIV from across sub-Saharan Africa.The Partnership for Child Development (PCD), the World Bank and UNAIDS will lead the launch at the International Congress on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), Dakar, Senegal.A simultaneous screening will be held at the UNAIDS headquarters World AIDS Day Film Festival in Geneva, Switzerland.

An estimated 122,000 teachers in sub-Saharan Africa are living with HIV, most of who have not sought testing and do not know their status. Stigma remains the greatest challenge and the major barrier to accessing and providing assistance to these teachers.

In the film "˜Courage and Hope: African Teachers Living Positively With HIV’, we hear the voices of four African teachers living with HIV.We hear how they discovered their HIV status and how this has affected their lives with their families, their schools and their communities. Each teacher tells a unique story of extraordinary courage and hope. The film is based on the book "˜Courage and Hope: Stories from teachers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa’ which is being launched with the film. The book tells the first-hand stories of 12 African teachers who are HIV-positive and living healthy, active lives.

You can watch the trailer  for 'Courage and Hope: African ​Teachers Living Postively with HIV'​​ on the Schools and Health website. 

Copies of the film and the book can be obtained from the Partnership for Child Development 
(please contact f.peel@imperial.ac.uk; Tel: +44 20 75943262).

A broadcast version of the film is available from Baney Media (please contact daphne@baneymedia.com).