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  • Bell, Elizabeth
    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
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      "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.
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