Some thoughts on one of the greatest medical emergencies and moral dilemmas of the modern era.
It’s HIV/AIDS infection.
22.5 million of the 40 milion people worldwide infected with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa.
Only one percent of those who need anti-aids drugs get them. There are organizations that do everything they can to help. One of them is CMMB, the Catholic Medical Mission Board. They and their partners have been teaching and administering medicines and medical equipment to several African countries for years.
In the rural areas of Kisimu, ten years ago 40% of the population was HIV positive, today because of CMMB’s efforts that percentage is down to 18.
But already there are 11 million orphans.
The moral dilemma for the industrialized nations is why have we ignored Africa and the AIDS epidemic for such a long time and let it fester to genocidal proportions. Why aren’t we seeing this as a pandemic emergency?
If we look at the problem from the level of the problem it seems insurmountable. If we see it only as governments, or as it being far away, or as it being not my problem, a dispassionate venue emerges. If we look at it as fellow human beings, then the suffering, the pathos, the inhumanity of it all is shocking and shameful that we let it happen.
I wonder if race has anything to do with it?
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