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[afro-nets] Roy Innis on malaria (17)
- From: "George Kent" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 13:09:50 -1000
Roy Innis on malaria (17)
Jeff attributes the inadequate attention given to malaria mainly to corrupt, arrogant, and top-down oriented institutions. That description of the institutions may be accurate, but I think the more fundamental explanation for the inattention is that the global community really does not care enough.
I have been working on a comparable problem, the problem of widespread malnutrition in the world. Poverty is hardly an adequate explanation for such widespread and persistent malnutrition. After all, the world as a whole is not poor. Fundamentally, malnutrition exists and persists because of powerlessness and indifference. There are three key points:
Disjunction. Hunger and other major forms of malnutrition persist largely because the people who have the power to solve the problem are not the ones who have the problem.
Material interests. The powerful serve mainly the powerful, not the powerless, because the powerless cannot do much for the benefit of the powerful.
Compassion. On the whole, the people who have the power do not have much compassion for the powerless.
Wouldn't this apply to malaria as well?
I have been looking at past global summits and declarations on malnutrition. They try to suggest that the global community is doing something about the problem, but when you look more closely you see that they always push the responsibility back to the separate nations. The world as a whole does not take responsibility. I have essayed on this at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~kent/THE%20MISSING%20GLOBAL%20STRATEGY.doc
I suspect that the same point could be made with regard to malaria: the world as a whole has never really taken it seriously. Am I right? Is there a serious GLOBAL plan for dealing with it?