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Submitted by Robert on
The President of the World Bank says that lessons from AIDS activism should be used to end poverty. This is wise. But his examples were not complete. By far the most important lesson is that preventing the AIDS epidemic would have been far, far less costly than fighting it. By far the most important lesson is that preventing the AIDS epidemic would have been far, far less costly than fighting it. The activists need to urge prevention of the future diseases, which will infect and kill our children. We do care about the next generation! What has the World Bank done about preventing the future epidemic diseases? The President mentioned nothing on this. There must be systems for prevention. Are there? If the diseases are allowed to spread out of the bushmeat in Africa and Asia and the pigpens and farms in developing countries and infect people (like AIDS), these epidemics and pandemics will wipe out decades of poverty reduction progress.