The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist

31May06

The World Health Organisation is to start talks on a global plan of action on priority health needs in developing countries. The WHO will hope to encourage development of medicines neglected by the private industry.

Calling the move a "breakthrough", Medecins Sans Frontieres, said it would ensure that patients' needs rather than profits drove innovation.

The WHO accord followed what health officials called a "miraculous" change of tack by the US, which had previously indicated strong opposition to any steps that might imply a weakening or sidestepping of the drug patenting system.

In return, developing countries led by Brazil and Kenya dropped demands for a binding research and development framework and explicit support for "open access" and other models of promoting health research outside the patent system.

-Financial Times, London

I'm sorry, did no one catch that last paragraph? How does the US manage to get away with murder time and again, despite being led by a buffoon of a president? Prior to this "breakthrough", the developing countries were picketing, with moderate success, for a compulsory licensing scheme. Simply put, this worked by licensing desperately needed drugs and medicine to manufacturers, to be produced inexpensively by bypassing patent laws.

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This is a Pulitzer prize winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan famine. The picture depicts a famine stricken child crawling towards a United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away.

The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat him. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer, Kevin Carter, who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken.

Three months later, he committed suicide due to depression.

Africa is really in need of help. And I wish I could do something to help.


Read this to find out more about the photographer.

~Sorry, but after re-reading the article and finding out more, I realised that the breakthrough being spoke of here is indeed compulsory licensing. It's a small but good step forward then. 

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6 Responses to “The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist”

  1. 1 vdr

    everyone can do something to help; from a dollar a week to an aid volunteer… & bcos we can, we must.

    wells, i guess u are too caught up with this materialist world. bah! :p

  2. I think that might be the first time you’ve actually made a sensitive comment (not the materialistic bit though!) The problem with I have with ‘adopting’ an African child is I don’t know whether it really goes to them. Any idea?

  3. 3 vdr

    f u, im always a humanitarian; u forgot im all for a welfare state, unlike ahemz, the lightning men.

    personally, i think the un’s world food programme is quite a good start for beginners (at least i see them in action ard the world). donations can be made via online means.

  4. yes yes, humanitarian you. just that you seem to like war, encourage anarchy, and support terrorism. I think the UN food programme is good too, but it’s definitely inadequate and it doesn’t solve the root of the problem. UN can’t really do much more to help, I think the onus lies on the world powers.

  5. 5 vdr

    who’s the pro-israeli here, huh? (haha, looks like sharon finally received his karma, even though his yahweh (urs too) dun believe in karma :p lolz

  6. 6 ysl

    Hi, Why don’t you read “The End of Poverty” by Jeff D. Sachs… and continue from thereon. =)


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