Third World Medicine

Third World Medicine

AIDS is a frightening reality in the world: people acquire it ONCE per minute! Sixteen thousand per day! At the end of 1998 there were 33.4 million people affected by the syndrome, ie 6 million people compared with 1997. This represents an increase per year over 10%! According to an article in Le Monde, written by Jean-Yves Nau, AIDS has become no longer an epidemic but a "pandemic" of dire consequences for humanity, affecting especially today, much of underdeveloped countries in Africa and Asia, as well as in America and the Caribbean. "Thus says the columnist, who after twenty years of his appearance this new sexually transmitted disease and blood became, in fact, a contagious disease characteristic of third world carrier, therefore, the potential for serious germ discrimination. " You're right Mr. Nau, AIDS is a disease and so eminently Third ratified the last conference of the Organization of United Nations against the disease (UNAIDS), November 24, 1998: 95% of the carriers of the virus are native to countries in developing or living in them and 70% of infected are African. Because of this, AIDS has been described as the revenge of the Third World.

"Revenge for what? No doubt those who think this way, blame the world's first and second of all existing evils in the third. A similar example occurred when the motorcycle was baptized as "the Japanese revenge" in a clear allusion to the disproportionate damage to the country Nippon, due to the explosion of bombs and Hiroshima Nagassaky. Of course, in the case of the third world, there have been bombs of that nature. However, there is poverty ruthless. Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. pursues this goal as well. There is hunger. There are uncontrollable unemployment. There are dangerous ignorance. There is pain.

There is frustration. And this kills more people per day that many Hiroshima bombs. Apparently this has no relation with the developed world, with the rich world, with rich world. But, arguably, the first world has helped somewhat, since we live in a universe governed by market rules and those rules create inequality, injustice, imbalance. Marx said: "behind every great fortune there is always a great crime." The fact is that Marxist or anti-Marxist, left or right, we all know the undisputed rule of capitalism: the wealth of some and impoverishes others. And guilty or not, the developed world has not made the necessary efforts to, at least, alleviate the misery of his fellows, but, by contrast, has taken advantage of all its comparative advantages in economic, financial, agricultural, industrial and policy to expand their wealth mainly but not exclusively at the expense of the southern hemisphere. So if we consider that the breeding ground for AIDS is poverty and ignorance, we can not disapprove of all those who point to the disease as the revenge of the Third World. Catastrophic what almost comatose state who supposedly is revenge.


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