Hearts of Zambia

Air Date: 02/10/2012

NET Television travels 9,000 miles to chronicle the work of Dr. Charles Wood, head of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Virology, who, with his Zambian Partner Dr. Chipepo Kankasa, is educating mothers about HIV transmission. Like Nebraska, the African country of Zambia is in the center of a continent, its countryside dotted with cornfields, villages and gas stations. But that's where the similarities end. Zambia is in the midst of a devastating epidemic, in which one out of five people in the capitol city of Lusaka is HIV positive. Hearts of Zambia documents the struggle to combat a deadly enemy, but it's also a story about much more than disease and death. "Thinking back o the people we met, we realized that what defines Zambia is not HIV and AIDs," says producer Christine Lesiak. "What defines Zambia is hope."