Saw a thing on the news about Canada's plans for increasing economic development in Africa, and one critic mentionned that it failed to adress the issue of AIDS, which he thinks is the most important issue in order to improve the economy there.
One of the things he said was that since Sepember 11th, over 100 billion dollars have been donated to help the victims' families. This was all in response to the death of about 3000 people. Then he said the United Nations has had to beg on its hands and knees to get something like 2 billion over 3 years to deal with HIV and AIDS in Africa, which he said killed about 2 million people there last year I think. They asked for 10 billion a year. I recently went to a seminar put on by a nurse from Swaziland about HIV and AIDS in her country. She said the life expectancy now is in the forties, but they expect it to drop to the 20's by 2010. She also said up to half of all babies born in her home town are born with HIV. They don't even have enough meds to give to pregnant women to try to decrease maternal fetal transmission rates. I found the whole thing really disturbing.
Now, I am one of the people who gave to Sept 11th charities and I have never given any money to any charity working to decrease AIDS rates in Africa (only given once to a charity that works with AIDS in Canada because a friend was doing a charity run), but I wonder why? Why don't we hear more about this and why aren't people more supportive to empowering agencies (like the UN) to do more? I know that Sept. 11th hit home more for most of us, but these are still people, even if they aren't as close as NY.
Any comments or thoughts?
Jun 21, '02
prn nurse, I didn't phrase it exactly, so I found the transcript. He said: . "On September the 11th, 2001, in response to the death of 3,000 people in a grotesque terrorist incident, the world managed to raise within weeks, over $100 billion and climbing in inexorably to this day. In response to the death of 2,300,000 people last year in sub-Saharan Africa, we have to get on our hands and knees to plead for $2 billion over three years".
I assume he is talking about money given by the gov't (like the increase in military spending) as well as charities. I shouldn't have said "donation".
The full transcript is available from "The National"'s website. Here's a link if anyone is interested
Click on the date June 18, 2002.
You can also get to it using the date it was aired, June 18, 2002.
Last edit by fergus51 on Jun 21, '02