About this project: Divine Intervention

A year-long investigation into how rigid rules and restrictions of President Bush’s initiative to fight HIV/AIDS have affected countries struggling with the pandemic.

A year-long investigation into how rigid rules and restrictions of President Bush’s initiative to fight HIV/AIDS have affected countries struggling with the pandemic.

Read about our research methodology, and how we analyzed the datasets.

Meet the team behind Divine Intervention

ICIJ Director: Wendell Rawls
Editor: Diane Brozek Fancher
Editorial Projects Coordinator: Leah Rush

Writers: Sheetal Doshi, Prangtip Daorueng, Alejandra Fernández Morera, Sarah Fort, M. Asif Ismail, Daniel Kalinaki, Patrick Kiger, Adri Kotze, Victoria Kreha, Anna-Maria Lombard, Arthur Okwemba, Olayinka Oyegbile, Devin Varsalona, Marina Walker Guevara

Translators: Kaleyesus Bekele (Ethiopia), Guy-Claude Jean-Baptiste Jr. (Haiti)

Researchers: Susanna Hamblin, Rakesh Kalshian, Rachel Leven, Sarah Laskow

Associate Editor: Tom Stites
Copy Editors: Marcia Kramer, Tonia E. Moore
Research Editors: Michelle R. Harris, Elizabeth Levine, Peter Newbatt Smith
Database Editor: Helena Bengtsson
Graphic Designer: Jyoti Sauna

Network Administrator: Chatchai Sae-Tung
Web Site Architect: Han Nguyen

Project Funding

Divine Intervention was made possible through generous grants from the Popplestone Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

A man is showered in holy water as Atnafu Betseha, an Orthodox priest, imposes a large iron cross on him
Divine Intervention

‘Holy water cures even HIV’

Nov 30, 2006
Twenty-year old Michot Sebresilassei takes the antiretroviral drugs she gets through PEPFAR at the local hospital
Divine Intervention

‘I was raped by soldiers. The holy water and the drugs will cure me’

Nov 30, 2006
Tatiana Shoumilina is a UNAIDS adviser in Ethiopia
Divine Intervention

‘Any good, complex program has an ideology behind it. It’s normal’

Nov 30, 2006
Ethalem Bekele (left) is a volunteer in a program run by Pathfinder and funded by U
Divine Intervention

‘Telling people to be abstinent is like telling somebody to put his hands in the fire’

Nov 30, 2006
Divine Intervention

Proselytizing at the Expense of HIV Patients

Nov 30, 2006
Divine Intervention

‘Not enough money is going to treatment and prevention for younger Haitians’

Nov 30, 2006
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