Stephen Lewis on a Possible Solution to African Crisis

Possible Solutions to African Crisis

Live8 was a muzzled affair where power was the central issue. No one was there for the real reasons and no one took the problem seriously. We need to stop rejoicing over minor successes. We need to stop apologizing and start getting things organized. The betrayal of the G8 countries is no longer acceptable. Need an international UN women’s agency since the feminist dynamic is crucial. Need to begin setting serious targets for change. Need to deal with prevention and treatment. Need corporate donors. Need the millennium project village by Jeffrey Sachs which is 10 villages with every resource they could ever think of to see if they can build a successful community. It is a model and prototype. Emerging Preventative Technologies, the search for a vaccine, the AIDS virus can mutate easily. This means it will take 10 years to solve the Aids question. Sexual diseases will not be as easily transmitted with new technologies. Africa is also undergoing a brain drain. This needs to stop. Swaziland’s King has many wives and 42% of the country between 14-45 years old have HIV. African governments need more international pressure.

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