Literacy is the best remedy
It is enough to have finished primary school to multiply by five one's chance of being informed about HIV and AIDS. As for malaria, which takes a million lives annually, it is particularly deadly among illiterate populations. Literacy and good health are inseparable. This is the theme of International Literacy Day (8 September) and the 2008 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes,on which our latest issue focuses. The introduction is written by Henning Mankell, well-known Swedish author and AIDS activist.