Thailand’s Mr Condom Fights Indifference

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Thailand’s ”Mr Condom”, Mechai Viravaidya, who has saved millions of lives by raising awareness of HIV/AIDS, says his country is facing a new crisis from the infection.

”I innocently thought I had done the job … but the government has fallen asleep at the wheel. There is a total indifference to a war we have to fight,” says the Australian-educated former politician whose 20-year campaign popularised condoms and led to a revolution in family planning and AIDS awareness in many developing countries.

Read more from Lindsay Murdoch  in the Sydney Morning  Herald.

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