As much as medicine has advanced even in the
last 50 years, in the developing world treatable
often curable disease goes unchecked resulting
in the needless suffering and death of millions,
particularly children. Each year over 10.9
million children under the age of five die,
sixty percent of which from malnutrition and
hunger-related causes. Incredibly, Malaria
kills an African child every thirty seconds.
Diarrhea alone causes the death of 1.8 million
children. Across all age groups, the greatest
cause of death is pneumonia and other lower
respiratory infections followed by HIV/AIDS,
malaria, diarrhea, TB, and measles respectively.
The pandemic phenomena of HIV has come close
to overwhelming the African continent. Of
the 39.5 million people who live with HIV
globally, 25 million live in Africa. Increasingly,
TB is a frequent killer of people with AIDS.
Measles too remain a devastating force in
Southeast Asia and Africa where 82% of all
cases are reported. Access to Health care
and available medicine remains one of the
greatest questions of social justice in the
world today. Why has modern medicine in the
developed world rendered obsolete the very
diseases that continue to cause unbearable
suffering and death in developing countries?
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