Thursday, September 29, 2005
Something to think about.
-By 2010 there will be 25 million AIDS orphans
-Every 14 seconds a baby is orphaned due to the AIDS epidemic
-AIDS claimed 540,000 lives in Asia 2004, 2.3 million in Sub-Saharan Africa.
-Generic AIDS medicine costs just $140 per patient per year.
-The U.S. is currently spending $500 million over 3 years in Africa.
-Currently 25.4 million people in Africa are infected with HIV or AIDS.
-The U.S. has spent somewhere between 2.6-2.9 billion dollars on AIDS and AIDS research per year in recent years.
-The war in Iraq is currently costing the U.S. 5 billion dollars a month. Thats $5,000,000,000.
It seems strange to me that we're focusing so hard. and spending so much to free the people of Iraq, yet in comparison not doing much at all to fight an epidemic that is currently killing worldwide. Not only is HIV/AIDS being spread and taking lives throughout the world, but is also spreading and killing here in the U.S. Think about this:
-The monetary cost of one month of the Iraq war could provide medicine for almost 600,000 people... for the rest of their lives.
-540,000 lives in Asia in 2004... thats almost 200 9-11's, 100's of Katrina's, almost three Indian Ocean Tsunami's... and remember that is one year in one country.
Jonah is over a year old now, he's learned to walk, and has been found not to have HIV. Although this disease isn't going to take his life, it already took his parents from him just like countless other kids in Cambodia and worldwide. Aids is only one problem the U.S. and the world faces, what would 5 billion dollars a month do for cancer, MS, poverty, hunger, etc.... It just makes me wonder why the conflict in Iraq is so much more important than other bigger problems that the U.S. and the world are facing.