Several articles in the New York Times examine the global fight against HIV/AIDS. "Uganda is the first country where major clinics routinely turn people away" because they lack funding, the newspaper writes in an article that reports "money for [HIV/AIDS] treatment has stopped growing." According to the newspaper, "American officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the financing freeze" in Uganda. The article explores reasons for the U.S. funding cap there, including corruption.
The New York Times notes that other countries in Africa have reported not being able to enroll new HIV patients into treatment programs. "I'm worried we'll be in a 'Kampala situation' in other countries soon," the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby said.View Full Article
Comment by: Tim Wise
Sat., May. 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm EDT
I have had the privilege of working in Uganda on several occassions and this news is very disturbing, for Ugandans as well as others who needlessly suffer and die while a remedy for this epidemic is readily available.
I am the Canadian spokesperson for Action for Natural Medicine, a Germany based NGO. The following comments are mine and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Action for Natural Medicine.
We are not privy to the reasons that funding to Uganda and presumably other countries, has been or will be cut. The corruption is regrettable but is not a new issue, so why not look at a treatment model which reduces or eliminates this element and empowers the people to take care of themselves. It was once said by the greatest man who ever lived that "I put before you life and death - choose life". Why not give people the same option?
What does this option look like, you ask?
In terms of treating the HIV/AIDS epidemic, please research the use of artemisia annua and moringa tree leaves, plants capable of producing 400,000-800,000 daily treatments and 2-2.4 million daily treatments respectively per hectare.
Material produced in country would escape the excessive handling and associated costs and as long as the money for such production was channelled correctly, through NGO's, would not be subject to the same degree of corruption.
The issue here is a systemic one and looking at the other more preventable diseases, will those remedies listed not fall into the same malaise as the current object of Aid money?
Grassroots education is the key here. I submit to you that the four big health challenges (HIV, malaria, diarroeha, TB) in the developing world can be treated with three plants - artemisia annua, moringa leaves, papaya - and the propogation/widespread distribution of same would dramatically reduce the ravages of the diseases as noted.
With $10 billion available, these issues are within reach of a solution. What will you do?
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