3473Re: [ujeni] life expectancy
- Nov 3, 2002Cathy and Scott make some good points. For me, after reading these emails,
the only thing I can think about is how I wish people in African nations,
the United States and all over would use condoms more. Its such a cheap way
to prevent AIDS and its aftermath.
>From: "Weber" <weber@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: Re: [ujeni] life expectancy
>Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2002 20:30:23 -0800
>Hey Paul you are not only a cynic but an accountant, hence you think in
>terms of money. The cause of the almost inconceivably low life expectancy
>ages of course is AIDS, and isn't Botswana one of the more economically
>sound countries on the continent? (or wasn't it until the scourge of AIDS?)
>Do we give it as much aid as other countries? In fact, did I hear Peace
>Corps maybe wasn't going to go or isn't there anymore because the country
>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 there
>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 with
>some of those dollars we spend, the life expectancy would go up. I suspect
>that corrupt politicians have access to drugs and they will live forever
>while the countries lose their teachers, their really good hard-working
>civil servants, their health care workers, and their businessmen...the only
>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 accountant
>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 the
> >continued dumping of money as well as tolerance of the disparity...
> >From: holland@...
> >an interesting factoid from The Economist: the 10 countries with the
> >average life expectancies are all in africa and almost all in "our part
> >africa": botswana (36.1 years) , mozambique, swaziland, malawi (39.3),
> >lesotho, sierra leone, burundi, rwanda, zambia, zimbabwe (42.9).
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