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By Susan Hunter

To the shock of many, George W. Bush pledged $10 billion to strive against AIDS in constructing countries. famous expert Susan Hunter tells the untold tale of AIDS in Africa, domestic to eighty percentage of the forty million humans on the earth presently contaminated with HIV. She weaves jointly the heritage of colonialism in Africa, an insider's tackle the reluctance of drug businesses to supply affordable drugs and vaccines in bad nations, and private anecdotes from the twenty years she spent in Africa engaged on the AIDS hindrance. Taken jointly, those strands make it unmistakably transparent heritage of the exploitation of constructing international locations by way of the West is at once accountable for the unfold of illness in constructing countries and the AIDS pandemic in Africa. Hunter appears to be like at what Africans are already doing at the flooring point to strive against AIDS, and what the area can and needs to do to assist. Accessibly written and hard-hitting, Black loss of life brings the spectacular facts to lifestyles and paints for the 1st time a beautiful photograph of an important political factor at the present time.

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One-fifth of the very poor get too little energy and protein, and 2 billion are anemic. Poverty and disease are closely interrelated. In developing countries, the most common reason for descent into poverty is the illness, injury, or death of a close family member. When a family member becomes sick with AIDS, the family is rapidly impoverished. They sell their capital goods, land, and livestock, and then their small belongings, and have no cushion if other problems arise. When the food in Ezlina Chambukira’s tiny house in Malawi, where 15 percent of the population is infected with HIV, ran out during the 2002 famine, she sold her possessions one by one: a goat, an old umbrella, metal plates, and a battered pail.

Brazil, intimidated by the United States and the WTO, refused to sell its generic AIDS drugs to other Latin American countries. When a thirty-six-year-old Honduran mother of four died in 2002 because she could not afford drugs, the Pan American Health Organization stepped in to negotiate an average 55 percent price reduction from five brand name manufacturers and even better deals from generic producers. 1 percent of the people who needed them. S. economy for the third decade, ranking at the top of all of Fortune Magazine’s measures of profitability, prompting Frank Clemente of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch to remark that “during a year in which there was much talk of sacrifice in the national interest, drug companies increased their astounding profits” by 32 percent in 2001 when other industries declined by 53 percent.

I fought a lot and I didn’t manage to do almost anything with my life. Now I want to do something with my life,” he protests. “I have children. I have a wife. ” Sadly, children in Africa and Asia who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS are also migrating, dropping out of school to look for work in the city or to take care of sick relatives. S. ”14 Many live in situations of profound abuse with no parental protection and suffer other losses. “When my father and mother died, I lived with my uncle,” said a child in Malawi.

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