Control Schistosomiasis With Peace Dividend
As America begins to consider which candidate to elect as its new President in 2008, it’s important to consider how each candidate’s priorities would effect the shape of the national budget. Such decisions have life and death consequences.
Just two dollars, for example, can purchase effective treatment for 5 people suffering from schistosomiasis. A total of 200 million people worldwide are infected with schistosomiasis. That means that it would cost only 80 million dollars to pay for enough treatments to purge schistosomiasis from every infected human being on Earth.
The American government is projected to spend over 219 million dollars every day on the war in Iraq in 2007. With what it costs to fight less than half a day of the Iraq War, the Bush Administration could have provided all the medicine necessary to rid every human being on earth suffering from schistosomiasis of the parasites that cause the disease.
This shift in budget priorities hasn’t happened, of course, and it won’t happen as long as a war enthusiast like George W. Bush is in the White House. Across sub-Saharan Africa, efforts to eliminate schistosomiasis are either extremely limited or do not exist at all.
A truly progressive President will end the Iraq War and shift the new peace dividend to fund programs that will provide real and reliable relief from suffering, without having to shoot people of drop bombs on cities.
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