Ruthann Richter has been writing about medical issues, including HIV/AIDS, since the early 1980s. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University and has received awards for her reporting from the American Cancer Society, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. She first traveled to Africa in 2004, when she became gripped by the human devastation of AIDS and felt compelled to help through her writings, presentations, and fundraising. In addition to her Africa projects, she is the Director of Media Relations at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she works with media from around the world and covers HIV/AIDS issues. She lives in Palo Alto, California with her husband Jay and daughter, Shaina.

Karen Ande has been chronicling the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa since 2002. She has traveled extensively as a volunteer with NGOs in Kenya and Rwanda, photographing community-based projects and the people they serve (see Whether working in rural villages or city slums, she has been moved and inspired by the people who daily face the challenges of AIDS and its impact on those they know and love. Not content to observe, she and her collaborator, Ruthann Richter, have raised funds to help support the people and projects you will meet in these pages. Karen's photographs have been featured widely in newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and in solo exhibits. Karen lives with her husband Jeff Johnson and two cats, Morani and Magnificat, in San Francisco, California.

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