Dr. Yash Tandon: «Forget Aid»
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An IGO of developing countries established by an Intergovernmental Agreement (Treaty) which came into force on 31 July 1995. With headquarters in Geneva, the South Centre specializes in the analysis of development problems and experience, as well as in providing intellectual and policy support required by developing countries particularly in the international arena.
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that tens of millions of children die each and every year of starvation and malnutrition. Yesterday, after having watched a video exhibiting the swollen-bellied and blue-lipped babies, Dr. Yash Tandon of the South Centre, an organization targeting the need for an enhanced South-South co-operation, addressed the audience claiming that general relief packages for the African public were unwelcome and unnecessary.
In his call for the end of aid dependence, Dr. Tandon condemned the assistance of foreign medical care in Zimbabwe, Oxfam's dedication to improving human rights and the international efforts to fund educational institutions in the developing nations.
Learn your history seemed to be Dr. Tandon's message. The North should acknowledge the domination, exploitation and destruction of their colonialist actions and mentalities of the past. Recognize that. Having recognized that, former imperialist countries should withdraw all forms of relief from Africa. There is no aid from North to South. Forget about it. We don't need your aid. Please keep your money with you. Dr. Tandon maintained that the so-called science of the North was damaging southern societies.
According to Dr. Tandon, the forty thousand traditional healers know each plant, each chemical that can cure. We have solutions to our own problems. They therefore do not need that kind of aid, medical aid, from neither governments nor from corporations from the North which is worth rejecting. Prof. Leisinger of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development countered this argument.
HIV/AIDS medication, eradication of small pox, malaria pills have been researched and discovered in laboratories of Europe and the US. Every thirty seconds a child dies of malaria; alone, small pox wiped out 300-500 million people throughout the 20th century; at the end of 2007, women accounted for 50% of all adults living with HIV worldwide, and for 59% in sub-Saharan Africa.
Exploitation, such as that of the infamous child-miners, must be given more attention. The atrocities committed for lack of understanding and awareness of the continuous cycles of poverty can be stopped through a process of education. So far, so understandable. However, the restriction and denying of modern drugs would have an undeniably devastating effect on the economies and social livelihood of all developing countries. Should the North abide by Dr. Tandon’s wishes? Should the wealthy ignore the need of the less fortunate? Should the developed walk away from their past? Should Europe and the United States allow the funding of education to stop, would the world be a better place? (baz.ch/Newsnet)
Erstellt: 01.02.2009, 12:56 Uhr