Commentary & Opinion
HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries Requires "Continued Attention," but Other Public Health Needs Should Not Be "Ignored," Opinion Piece Says
January 2, 2008
Although HIV/AIDS in developing countries requires "continued attention" and preventing deaths from the disease remains "imperative," other public health needs should not be "ignored," Daniel Halperin, a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health, writes in a New York Times opinion piece.
The "AIDS experience" has shown that developing countries can make complex treatments, such as antiretroviral drugs, accessible to many people, Halperin writes. He adds, "Regimens that are much simpler to administer than antiretroviral drugs -- like antibiotics for respiratory illnesses, oral rehydration for diarrhea, immunizations and contraception -- could also be made widely available." According to Halperin, it is "important, especially for the U.S., the world's largest donor, to re-examine the epidemiological and moral foundations of its global health priorities." Halperin concludes that the "real-world needs" of Africans -- including the "ubiquitous ravages of hunger, dirty water and environmental devastation" -- should not be "subsumed by the favorite causes du jour of well-meaning yet often uninformed Western donors" (Halperin, New York Times, 1/1).
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