We have seen much publicity lately concerning the Aids problem in Africa, but is this a curable epidemic or is it a mess from which one should walk away?
The Aids problem has grown steadily over the past ten years in Africa, as it has grown worldwide at an alarming rate. Lately, it seems that Aids in Africa is more widely talked about because Africa has the largest problem. The US sends billions of dollars to the most afflicted nations to help address the Aids/HIV issues. Yet, the problem still grows. Yes, some of them now have the medicines they need to prolong their lives, but the spreading of Aids doesn’t seem to be going away.
While some countries have noticed a drop in HIV incidences, others are seeing an increase. Until HIV awareness is taught and followed by all countries in Africa, the problem will not cease.
Programs have been set forth to aid in education about Aids and HIV, but maybe it is not enough. Condoms and education sometimes are not the answer. Perhaps sterilization is. As a parent, you want to protect your children from harm. Yet, as we sit and watch American Idol and their new campaign to help to eliminate Aids in Africa, you saw many children that have the virus, born of parents with AIDS.
As a parent, you do the things that you need to do to protect your live or unborn children. Let’s look into the past. If you have aids, why bring a child into the world that you know has a very high chance of contracting HIV. If this is such a huge problem that is rampant in Africa, the easy solution may be sterilization instead of condoms and education.
Since overpopulation is also a problem, this seems to be the next best thing to combat two problems. It would decrease the children born afflicted with HIV, and reduce the overpopulation. Perhaps, if given a choice between condoms and sterilization, the person’s choice would be to submit to sterilization.
As broadcasted on American Idol Gives Back, we saw many small one room dwellings that housed more then 3 people. Sometimes up to 9 people were living in a one room shack. The conditions are deplorable. We also saw children raising themselves due to parents passing away from AIDS. What life will these children have? Will they also become statistics as their parents have?
According to www.avert.org , “In 2004, the number of condoms provided to this region by donors was equivalent to 10 for every man,compared to 4.6 for every man in 2001. In most countries though, many more condoms are still needed. For instance, in Uganda between 120 and 150 million condoms are required annually, but less than 40 million were provided in 2005.” Supply is not meeting demand, There is a need for another solution: A less costly one.
There is a shortage already, and a need that goes beyond condoms and education seems to be in order. The billions of dollars being sent , to Africa must be reformed in new ways to stop the existing situation. Sterilization may be the answer to a long term problem.