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Week of 8.22.08

Health Care Solutions

Can the quality of healthcare in developing nations be transformed by the same principle that makes fast food such a success here? This week NOW travels to Kenya to continue ongoing coverage of an enterprising idea: franchising not burger and donut shops, but health services and drugs in rural Africa.

American businessmen have been teaming with African entrepreneurs to spread for-profit clinics around the country in the hopes of providing quality, affordable medical care to even Kenya's poorest people. In this show, NOW chronicles how the Kenyan facilities weathered recent violent unrest, as well as the program's expansion into Rwanda.

This show is part of Enterprising Ideas, NOW's continuing spotlight on social entrepreneurs working to improve the world through self-sustaining innovation.

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NOW Producer's Q & A: Dan Logan in Kenya

CFW Shops

BBC: Kenya country profile

The New York Times: Riots Batter Kenya as Rivals Declare Victory

Also This Week: Pictures of Hope

A massive program to dispense medicine for people with HIV/AIDS in poor countries is changing lives and restoring hope. A small team of photographers is capturing those amazing transformations on film, hoping their compelling images will bring attention to the importance of drug access in the developing world.

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Access to Life

World Health Organization: Antiretroviral Therapy

The Associated Press: Bush signs bill to triple AIDS funding

BBC: Aids epidemic a 'global disaster'

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NOW examines the U.S.'s HIV/AIDS policy from its beginning in the early 1980s through President Bush's historic plan, announced in 2003, to spend $15 billion to treat people with HIV/AIDS around the world.