Issues / Health
Intended to stave off the embarrassment of coming empty-handed to a summit trumpeted as focusing on Africa, the White House initiative is in fact a cynical move to derail more effective action against AIDS.
It is high time that the primacy of national health policy over international agreements, including the WTO, be restored.
Through a combination of street protests, sophisticated policy reviews, media exposes, and powerful commentaries in the print and electronic media, AIDS activists have forced the issue of access to HIV/AIDS care in developing nations.
We should not accept, as fate, the feeling that, if our leaders do not lead, nothing can be done.
U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher has likened the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa to the plague that decimated Europe in the fourteenth century.
The human costs of tobacco use are staggering and rising dramatically.