Monday, April 10, 2006

Health Deteriorating in Sudan

Due to the lack of funds for humanitarian interventions, the health of millions of people throughout the Sudan are at great risk. Due to the lack of funding, access to healthcare services is reduced due, resulting in increases of cases of malaria, meningitis, acute respiratory infections and measles.
The United Nations efforts in improving the health of the people of Sudan, include the development of the World Health Organization (WHO), which focuses on the enhancement of the health population of Sudan, with about 20 health projects. The focal point of the projects are access to hospital care, referral systems and primary strategic health care, communicable disease control, and environmental health.
Over the last six months, Sudan has experienced serious outbreaks of epidemic diseases such as yellow fever, monkey pox, and meningitis, which place additional strains on already declining health care services. The meningitis outbreaks are affecting 15 of the 25 states in the Sudan, with 1335 cases reported and 145 deaths. The spread of these diseases are due to the lack of access to essential drugs and limited capacity of observation of the outbreaks.

Effects from Lack of Medicine

With 36 million people currently living with HIV or AIDS, there are ninety-percent that reside in developing countries, mainly Africa. Those that live in these developing countries do not have access to the necessary medications for their conditions.
There is currently an issue in South Africa in which 39 pharamceutical companies blocked a law, signed by Nelson Mandela that would allow more medications to be more accessible and inexpensive for patients. The pharmaceutical companies claim that the law breaches their rights for patents. During the time that this law, has been blocked 400,000 South Africans have died from AIDS-related reasons.
To stop the AIDS epidemic in Africa, the pharmaceutical companies must develop inexpensive pediatric AIDS formulations, that can help the children of Africa. The children are currently given adult medications, such as pills that may be crushed and are not as effecttive, due to the underdosing, which in turn can lead to the virus becoming resistant to treatment.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

The costs of medicines in America are constantly rising and making it more difficult for those that really need them, to acquire them. The billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies raise the prices of their medicines to overly-expensive prices,so that the senior citizens and people who really need them, can't afford them. The expensive prices of medicines make it difficult, for people in America to attain them, which makes it impossible for people in developing countries to acquire them. The people of the developing countries in Africa are more susceptible to diseases, due to their lack of nutrients, education and contraceptives. Drastic changes are needed so that the people in Africa can improve their health and lifestyles. It takes more than fundraisers to improve the lives in Africa, such as political action and free medicine from the pharmaceutical companies to help the people of the developing countries.