"Getting a Bargain on a Medical Miracle"
Washington Post (02/04/00) P. C11; Mann, Judy
Diseases that have been conquered in developed countries still
plague less developed ones, with 2 billion people still living in
19th century health conditions, according to Nils Daulaire, head
of the Global Health Council. Furthermore, drug-resistant
infections like tuberculosis and malaria could spread from
impoverished nations to the United States and cause significant
damage. Daulaire believes the best solution is to provide a
basic health package for the world, at a cost of up to $15 a year
per person, according to a 1993 World Bank study. The Global
Health Council has signed, with others, a letter to President
Clinton, asking for $1 billion more in the next 10 years to help
with motherhood, family planning, major infectious diseases, and
AIDS. The groups signing the letter have typically focused on
their specific areas, such as increasing funding for vaccines,
but came together to seek funding. If the United States gives $1
billion, France, Germany, and Japan will likely increase their
donations. Daulaire states that health decisions must be made
now, before another epidemic likes AIDS comes along.
Elizabeth Bell MPH
Behavioral Interventions and Research Branch
Division of STD Prevention
National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"This last phase of the program is like the last mile of the marathon. ...
If any one country fails, the world fails."
-- Dr. Uton Muchtar Rafei of the World Health Organization, on what is
planned to be the final push to eradicate polio in India by the end of 2000.