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Originally posted by DrHoracid
Above is a picture of a cell forming HIV.
"Sub-Saharan Africa is the region of the world that is most affected by HIV & AIDS. An estimated 25.4 million people are living with HIV and approximately 3.1 million new infections occurred in 2004. In just the past year the epidemic has claimed the lives of an estimated 2.3 million people in this region. Around 2 million children under 15 are living with HIV and more than twelve million children have been orphaned by AIDS."
A mass die-off is about to occurr in Africa in the next 10 years. Millions of orphans already exist. What is the UN and WHO going to do about it. The policies of the last 10-15 years have failed.
DURBAN - The South African Aids conference in Durban on Monday provided a gloomy insight into a country drowning under high HIV infections -- and easy solutions that many claim are being ignored by government.
It was revealed that of the 14,000 new HIV infections worldwide each day, 6000 were in people aged 15 to 24 -- and 2000 in children younger than 15.
South Africa has 600 new infections each day.
Controversial legislation approved by the lower house of India's parliament yesterday (22 march) could drastically increase the cost of cheap HIV drugs and other medicines the country produces, according to international humanitarian organisations.
The law threatens to affect the provision of healthcare to hundreds of thousands of patients, many of them in Africa, for whom low-cost Indian drugs are the only affordable means of treating AIDS.However, large pharmaceutical companies are welcoming the law, as it will protect products they have spent millions of dollars on during research and development.The new patents bill is intended to bring India's patent regime into line with the World Trade Organization's (WTO) agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (known as TRIPS), one of the conditions of India's membership of the WTO.
The previous Indian Patents Act (1970) recognised patents on pharmaceutical processes but not on pharmaceutical products, allowing domestic pharmaceutical companies to produce cheap copies of patented drugs made by foreign companies using alternative production methods.
But as India emerged as one of the world's leading suppliers of these 'generic' medicines, multinational companies complained that the trade in generic drugs was losing them an estimated US$500 million every year.
The result: Of the $15 billion of PEPFAR funds, African governments will be lucky to see $3 billion to $4 billion over five years. At the same time they will be paying $75 billion back to rich countries in debt repayments. The money that is being paid back is "real" money -- money that can be spent on local people and institutions.
Originally posted by wiergraf
Dont tell me that the US or some other country created AIDs and HIV as a bio weapon thats just plain bs. I agree with CGB, in New Guinea its a custom for them to eat the brains of the recently deceased. Now im not trying to be racist but I think if they want to get rid of their problems with mad cow/cjb, then maybe they should change their customs a bit and not eat eachother's brains.
[edit on 24-3-2005 by wiergraf]
Originally posted by Kriz_4
What ideas do you have for a solution? It is a massive problem.