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There are very few developing countries in the world where public policy has been effective in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS on a national scale, but Thailand is an exception. A massive programme to control HIV has reduced visits to commercial sex workers by half, raised condom usage, decreased the prevalence of STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) dramatically, and achieved substantial reductions in new HIV infections. 1
Thailand, though, is also a reminder that success can be relative. Its well funded, politically supported and comprehensive prevention programmes have saved millions of lives, reducing the number of new HIV infections from 143,000 in 1991 to 19,000 in 2003. 2 Nonetheless, more than one-in-100 adults in this country of 65 million people is infected with HIV, and AIDS has become a leading cause of death. 3
Unless past efforts are sustained and new sources of infection are addressed, the striking achievements made in controlling the epidemic could now be put at risk. Factors such as an increase in risky sexual behaviour and a rising number of STI cases have led to concerns that Thailand could face a resurgence of HIV and AIDS in coming years. The government has decreased funding for AIDS prevention programmes significantly, and there are signs that public awareness is waning. Complacency - among both the government and the public – poses a real threat to the fight against AIDS in Thailand. 4
Originally posted by df1
The profit motive is far more stable, reliable, and pervasive as a method of making money, but not as a method for developing medications for people.
Controlling the spread disease is of benefit to everybody, even capitalists, not just those receiving the medication.
The actions of Thailand may very well be insuring your health.
If a country can;t afford your cures, they should make it themselves.
the doctor is concerned with our wellbeing, but thats only because he has to see you suffer
The government has decreased funding for AIDS prevention programmes significantly, and there are signs that public awareness is waning
And also, lets talk conspiracy here.
What if the Thai drug companies conspired with the Thai government, where its illegal apparently to even insult the Monarch, and could get you a public beating by the fanatical citizens, to reduce spending on prevention, to cause an increase in infection, thus having more people to be available to buy the aids medecines that they've stolen, which they are selling for a profit.
Originally posted by Nygdan
Well, of course. You're stealing drugs. That tends to be pretty cost effective.
Its all well and good as long as there is someone actually inventing the drugs in the first place, but clearly it wouldn't work worldwide. I mean, I think that any nation really has no choice here, they have to dole out the drugs that will save so many lives, but still, the drug business is just that, a business, not a charity. They're not in it to cure diseases, they're there to make a profit, and its because of that that we even have these drugs at all.
Originally posted by puneetsg
Actually technically they were not. They were working well within the parameters of the Indian Patents Act of the time.
but they have reached a point where they can survive and comptete with these giants, and in many cases even beat them at their own game.
See the problem as i see it, was simply one of choice. Do you let the Western Giants dictate what medicines your people can and cannot afford, or do you try and create a homegrown industry that is capable of providing for your countries needs, both present and future, in an effective AND economical way.
Originally posted by Nygdan
Yes. THe indian government is stealing other people's research, and allowing their own companies to sell it for profit. I understand that what they are doing is perfectly legal in india.
Not for nothing, but they're not inventing major new drug lines, so I don't see how they can be said to be in good competition with the US companies. They can clearly swamp out the other companies when it comes to selling the drugs.
I agree, they've got to choose between letting thousands, even millions, die, or stealing someone elses research and products. Clearly, people are more important than products.
BUT, how does this secure their future? If there is no respect for intellectual property, then there is no motive to make new materials. The 'western giants' might very well one day have a cure for things like aids, malaria, cancer, etc, but the indian drug companies aren't ever going to create it.