Aids/Hiv Problem In South Africa. Tackling The Problem From A New Perspective

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The Price of Life in the Name of GlobalizationIs there a price for life? If so what is it? The issue here concerns South Africa's growing HIV/AIDS patients. The world non-the-less isn't doing much about the situation that only seems to be getting worse. South Africa already has the highest growing HIV/AIDS rate in the world. The pharmaceutical companies offered very little medical donations or help, they ended up doing quite the opposite. When South Africa attempted to import generic versions of the needed HIV/AIDS drugs because of their drastically cheaper prices the pharmaceutical companies replied by taking them to court. How is this fair? Is this the price the poor, developing nations have to pay because their system abides with international laws and regulations? South Africa's manufacturing or importing of generic AIDS treatment drugs is illegal, non the less it's primary motivation is the protect it's own people from a disease threatening to it's population not because it was pursuing profit.HIV/AIDS infection rate in South Africa is the highest in the world and thus a serious problem. The United Nations reports an estimated 7.5 million HIV/AIDS patients by the year 2010 in South Africa. This number is so huge it portrays the scale of the problem. In another study published by "Women's International Network News" performed by non-governmental organizations estimates that fifteen percent of Adults aged 20 to 64 are now infected with the deadly virus. Statistics lead scientists to fear the worst with up to 25 percent of women being diagnosed as HIV-positive, and nearly 30 percent of women giving birth are diagnosed with the deadly virus (Nicolo,Itano). The worst predictions fear that up to 800,000 South Africans could die of AIDS alone in the year 2010. The future of South Africa is not bright at all but rather plagued with problems caused by the deadly virus.South Africa needs the HIV/AIDS treatment because of both the scale of the infections and the highly unreasonable prices of the drugs. The virus plagues the whole population without exception with an estimated 5 million infected yet very little is done to help this impoverished nation (CW, Henderson). The whole continent as a matter of fact is ravaged by the disease simply because developing countries can only afford to spend 4-5 dollars a year on health care. Brand name pharmaceutical companies fully aware of these figures have dropped their treatment fees from $ 15,000 to $ 1,000 a year non-the-less they are still 200 times more money than is available for health. When South Africa decided that the only solution to it's problem was generic alternatives, drug companies sued the government of South Africa. The problem remains: Neither the government nor the people can afford the costs of the treatment. The pharmaceutical companies are left with two choices the first is to let these people live by allowing them to import the generic drugs or leave them alone because they will never get...

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