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Thinkers Of The New. Aids In Africa.

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AIDS in AfricaBy: AnonymousThe new century has allowed the worlds nations to take a new outlook on the world. It has given them a chance to decide what the pressing issues are to solve, and think of ways to solve them. The UN has set the year 2000, as the year to unite the world's nations in order to make the world one. One of the issues that the world's nations are faced with is the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. Even though is can be targeted to one area, this is still a world issue, because of the western worlds role in creating their instability. Over the past years, especially the most resent ones, much advancement in new drug treatments, and vaccines have been made, but there is the issue of funding. There are many changes that need to be made in order to better the situation in Africa. UN figures say that 12.2 million women and 10.1 million men were living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa at the end of 1999. These numbers need to be decreased, and the new millennium is the world's chance. "If today marks the turning point, it is too late for nearly all the 34.3 million people who are living with HIV and AIDS"(Gellman, July 5,2000 A01). This is the problem, even though the worlds nations are getting their acts together now, each day 15,000 people are affected with HIV/AIDS, so everyday that goes by, the numbers increase. Out if the 34.3 million people who are living with HIV and AIDS, only 2 percent are able to get access to antiretroviral drugs, or even basic treatments for diseases that are the result from HIV/AIDS. (Dido) " 'They are already dead,' said one despairing U.S. health official. 'They're just still walking around.'"(Gellman, July 5,2000 A01) Many African Nations that face the problems of the HIV/AIDS epidemic can't afford to help out their citizens buy drugs. The average cost of antiretroviral drugs is "US $618 for a months supply- an impossible in a country where most workers earn under US $ 275." (Mbabane, October 17,2000) The United Nations has gone to extreme measures to help out countries where this is the case, but the problem is that there are too many places where this is the case. Many of these nations feel that it is the United States responsibility to help out in the funding for these drugs, and that they should be providing them at a lower cost, to nations that can't afford them. The world is supposed to be one nation, and Sub-Saharan Africa needs help. The other issues that come with these drugs that are being developed in the West are the differences in the standard of living. Most Americans don't worry about food supply, and can manage to get most of there nutrient that are required a day. Where as in Africa, life isn't as easy. Most people fight in order to get one decent meal a day. They rely on the little money that they make in order to get food. But because of the cost of the drugs that the West is providing for these countries people are being forced to choose between two items that are necessary for them to...

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