When Malthus formulated his Malthusian theory; one that predicted the end of the world in the Year 2000, he failed to take into account the single most influential factor on the human race in the last century: technology. Indeed, science and technology have touched the lives of almost every human being and altered their fates. However, this magic pill to the various problems of humanity comes at a great price; a price so high that poor Africa cannot afford, especially in the field of medicine. In short, the rich-poor divide widens as the rich gets access the best of medicine, while the poor, well, approach their friendly neighbourhood shaman.
Jeffrey Sachs in his book "The End of Poverty" made a startling observation; medicine of the West could cure the AIDS patients of Africa, something that could never happen to the rest of the world. This is largely due to the fact that Africans living in the less developed countries (LDC) had rarely in their lives taken synthetic medicine, hence reducing the resistance of the AIDS virus to the synthetic drugs aimed at controlling the disease. This observation raises hope, but along with it, an awareness that man were born unequal. It is hard to imagine how anyone at all in the world could not even have access to the simplest and cheapest forms of paracetimol. This is reality. While we often wow at the rapid rate at which technology advances, we applaud the successful separation of the Korean Siamese twins, Kenyans are foraging the forests for mint leaves to relieve the pain of their afflicted loved ones. In a recent effort between Kenya and the European Union, AIDS medicine was made available at a charge of US$1 a month. There is an estimated number of two million Kenyans afflicted with AIDS nationwide, bearing in mind this is just merely a figure extrapolated from the official records. The EU however, made... [continues]
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