Global leaders promised a decade ago to end poverty by 2015. With just five years left, the U.N. General Assembly -- including an estimated 140 heads of state -- will meet this week to assess progress. How much good has been done? Here's a hint: not enough.
More than a third of the world's population doesn’t have access to
essential medications. Greedy drug companies, government bureaucracies,
and apathy all get in the way. Some brave scientists have had enough of
the high costs and red tape. They're frustrated, they're mad, and now
they're finding ways to buck the system.
AIDS does not discriminate by religion or citizenship. Yet, for years,
leaders of Muslim countries have denied the pandemic's threat to their
societies. While they looked the other way, HIV quietly crept into the
most vulnerable populations in the most volatile parts of the world.
Muslim leaders must now address the threat -- or risk losing their
community of believers to a global plague.
BY LAURA M. KELLEY, NICHOLAS EBERSTADT|JULY 1, 2005
Two decades and billions of dollars into the fight against AIDS, the
world still has a long way to go in arresting the epidemic. The cash
that donor governments roll out with much fanfare won't make a dent so
long as misperceptions persist about how we are winning and losing the
battle against the disease.