September 24, 2010 Leave a comment
Blog Post by Jean-Pierre Unger, physician, professor of public health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium
Red carpets were put away. The MDG midnight mass ended over renewed, solemn commitments. But the by now near failure of the MDGs in health can be read as the chronicle of a death foretold, a failure especially manifest in a region, where international aid is most active – in Sub-Saharan Africa. 10 million are victims of communicable diseases vulnerable to simple drugs such as malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS, diarrhoea. These victims die because they lack access to quality, affordable health care.