Whether it's phony Viagra or knockoff cancer meds, fake drugs kill
thousands of people each day, thanks to counterfeiters in China and
India who mix chalk, dust, and dirty water into pills sold around the
world. With the Internet becoming the world's dispensary, these poison
pills could be coming to a pharmacy near you.
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.
When the deadly SARS virus struck China three years ago, Beijing
responded with a massive coverup. If it weren’t for the persistence of
two young reporters and one doctor who had seen enough, SARS might have
killed thousands more. There's no guarantee the world will be so lucky
After reading John Barry's The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History,
U.S. President George W. Bush put the country on high alert for avian
flu. With the World Health Organization (WHO) predicting a death toll
of up to 100 million, FP spoke to the man who convinced the president of how dangerous the virus really is.
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.