In 2013, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $1.3 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world, surpassing 2012's total by more than $244 million. Global in-kind donations accounted for $1 billion, while $316.3 million was given in cash globally.
Ebola outbreaks are linked to mining and deforestation. . . . And they're all stripping the land, and by various means, setting Ebola free into the environment.
H ow deforestation shares the blame for the Ebola epidemic
....The commonality between numerous outbreaks of Ebola, scientists say, is growing human activity and deforestation in previously untouched forests, bringing humans into closer contact with rare disease strains viral enough to precipitate an epidemic.
“The increase in Ebola outbreaks since 1994 is frequently associated with drastic changes in forest ecosystems in tropical Africa,” wrote researchers in a 2012 study in the Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research. “Extensive deforestation and human activities in the depth of the forests may have promoted direct or indirect contact between humans and a natural reservoir of the virus.”
Ebola Outbreak 2014: China Adds To International Aid Efforts
....As health workers call on the international community for aid, China has joined the ranks of global NGOs and foreign governments in providing aid to the region, where its motivations stretch beyond the current tragedy.
Over the past decade, China has sent millions in aid and invested billions in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where the outbreak has hit hardest.
“There are ambivalent views on the presence of Chinese companies in Africa,” reads an August report from the Ethics Institute of South Africa exploring local attitudes toward Chinese investors on the continent. “Some portray China as a benevolent investor and friend of Africa. Others accuse China of being a ‘new colonial power,’ extracting resources for their own benefit with little return for Africa,” the report says.
China sent a series of shipments to affected areas over the course of the outbreak, one worth roughly $160,000 in early May, and another $4.9 million worth of supplies on Aug. 7, according to state-run news outlets, which also report that at least 20,000 Chinese nationals are present in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Later, eight Chinese workers who had treated Ebola patients were quarantined in Sierra Leone.
On Aug. 10 China announced plans to send a team of nine specialists from its Center for Disease Control to train local medical staff and distribute supplies in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. China Central Television (CCTV) reported that it was the first time the country has offered to help foreign nationals during a public health emergency.
originally posted by: new_here
a reply to: soficrow
I had thought perhaps the deforestation aspect had something to do with disruption of animal habitats, which if they are harbingers of the disease, would perhaps be more likely to come into contact with humans as they relocated to a new habitat. Does that sound like another possible scenario that could add to the spread of this?
originally posted by: charles1952
a reply to: soficrow
First, the ebola virus was hiding in the ground and when corporations disturbed the soil or cut down the trees, it was released.
I don't believe it.
Everything I've seen says monkey to human to human transmission.
Second, corporations should pay for it, not the taxpayer. This needs more explanation for me. Which corporations? Hallmark Cards? Grocery store chains? .....And what happens when you announce, "Any corporation investing in Africa is responsible for cleaning up their diseases, and probably their insurgency movements, too?"
And I have the feeling that this analysis is more about finding out who can pay for it, than who should. The governments of Africa told the corporations "If you give me lots of money, I'll give you permission to drill big holes in the ground." I would think that Africa has responsibility in this.
Granted, Africa probably doesn't have the ability to solve the problem, and help should come from other countries, but placing the responsibility entirely on corporations seems wrong. After all, are you suggesting that if a corporate funded project finds a cure, they should be able to keep and patent it? Of course not.
I think we need a different idea.
Ebol a Virus Calls for Increased Responsibility From Companies Mining in West Africa
….West Africa, Miller said, represents a large and untapped mining opportunity, and “it's an opportunity that isn’t going to go away, and nor is the economic potential of West Africa.”
But Ebola isn’t showing any signs of retreating, either, and some mining companies have had to shutter operations in the affected nations—most mines are located in the remote areas where the virus is prevalent and likely to affect their workers, if it hasn’t already.
Of course, these companies also have made the necessary investments and instituted the requisite systems to deal with various kinds of risk, including health crises, which are an important consideration in Africa.
…..As the threat of the crisis increases, “there might be opportunity for companies to assist with prevention, containment and treatment plans, if organizations such as the WHO and governments are also willing to support funding,” Botha said. “The reason why this works well is because large corporates generally have good networks, supply chains and distribution channels as well as good project management and discipline. They are also able to mobilize quickly and navigate potential red tape quickly.”
Combatting the spread of the virus will require West African governments to come together and work closely with international agencies, health service providers and also with the mining companies that, said Rolake Akinkugbe, vice president and head of energy and natural resources coverage & origination at FBN Capital in Lagos, Nigeria, now have a real duty to “think above and beyond Ebola.”
….“Extractive companies, mining and others, always come under great scrutiny in times like these, so there’s a real chance here to go beyond the current outbreak itself and think of long-term survival in terms of helping to foster an environment that promotes sustainable and inclusive growth, and health is an integral aspect of that.”