Does that bode well or not:
1. It is an indicator of politics (which I thought PC was above...)
2. PC failed (by not putting systems in place to keep it running properly
3. PC left (along with other agencies a culture of dependence a la "Lords of
4. AIDS is taking over.
I like none of these selections...
----Original Message Follows----
From: "Christine Chumbler" <cchumble@...
Subject: Re: [ujeni] life expectancy
Date: Mon, 04 Nov 2002 09:32:37 -0500
Life expectancy in Botswana was pushing 70 years before AIDS. Also, PC
is planning to go back into that country as part of Bush's doubling the
size of the agency hoohaw.
>>> weber@... 11/2/02 11:30 PM >>>
Hey Paul you are not only a cynic but an accountant, hence you think
terms of money. The cause of the almost inconceivably low life
ages of course is AIDS, and isn't Botswana one of the more
sound countries on the continent? (or wasn't it until the scourge of
Do we give it as much aid as other countries? In fact, did I hear
Corps maybe wasn't going to go or isn't there anymore because the
was doing so well? We met a Peace Corps worker from Botswana on Zomba
Plateau who said that they had more text books in the school where he
in the Okovango Delta than he had had in his school in the U.S. But
Botswana is at the top , or should that be bottom, of Mark's list. So
if we made it so that more AIDS drugs could be affordably available
some of those dollars we spend, the life expectancy would go up. I
that corrupt politicians have access to drugs and they will live
while the countries lose their teachers, their really good
civil servants, their health care workers, and their businessmen...the
people who can help lift the cloud of doom that seems to hang over the
southern continent. I forgive you, Paul, for behaving like the
you are but not for being an inveterate cynic! Cathy
From: Paul DEVER <pcpaul@...
>The cynic in me cries for an accounting of all the dollars spent in US
>other foreign aid money to these countries, then compare it to other
>countries on the continent and see why the stark difference, and why
>continued dumping of money as well as tolerance of the disparity...
>an interesting factoid from The Economist: the 10 countries with the
>average life expectancies are all in africa and almost all in "our
>africa": botswana (36.1 years) , mozambique, swaziland, malawi
>lesotho, sierra leone, burundi, rwanda, zambia, zimbabwe (42.9).
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