With chronic 3rd world poverty, how secured is your wellness
Given the dire situation of the world’s failed nations, this question is pertinent: With chronic 3rd world poverty, how secured is your wellness? Any astute observer of the world economic and political scene cannot but come to the conclusion that these are probably not the best of times for mankind. There is tremendous instability, worsening poverty and widening of the gap between the wealthy and the poor and extremely poor in the world’s failing and failed nations. At the same time, the world continues to “shrink”, brought closer together by the speed of air travel and advances in communication. The ability to contain regional medical disasters or epidemics is proving quite challenging and will probably remain so for the foreseeable future.
It is in this context that the question is asked: With chronic 3rd world poverty, how secured is your wellness? “Three worldwide (pandemic) influenza outbreaks occurred in the last century. Each differed from the others with respect to etiologic agents, epidemiology, and disease severity. They did not occur at regular intervals. In the case of the 2 that occurred within the era of modern virology (1957 and 1968), the hemagglutinin antigen (HA) of the causative viruses showed major changes from the corresponding antigens of immediately antecedent strains. The immediate antecedent to the virus of 1918 remains unknown, but that epidemic likely also reflected a major change in the antigens of the virus”. (Kilbourne, E. D. (2006). Influenza Pandemics of the 20th Century. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 12(1), 9-14.
The devastation caused by the Ebola epidemic of 2013 – 2015 in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra-Leone, and its quick spread to other continents thousands of miles away is a reminder of how much inevitably closer we are as a species, Homo Sapiens. It serves as a warning to us of the devastation that can result from the next regional epidemic thousands of miles away which can become a pandemic. The protection and isolation provided by the two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and Pacific are no longer at play as much as they once were. That is why the grinding poverty of the “Bottom Billion” (1) and their extremely poor healthcare systems and infrastructure should concern all of us. That is why; With chronic 3rd world poverty, how secured is your wellness? What should the leaders of these poor performing nations do and what should the leaders and policy makers and other stakeholders in the developed nations do? Most of the nations which comprise the ‘Bottom Billion’ (1) are in Sub-Saharan Africa.
A new book: RESCUE THYSELF: Change In Sub-Saharan Africa Must Come From Within was published on April 12, 2017. The book engages all of us in a bold and holistic dialogue regarding alternative pathways to seeking possible solutions to the monumental problems facing these nations. Yes, I am the author of the book, but I recommend it primarily not because of that, but because I believe it is worth reading. I believe it is a must read not only for Africans and other populations in the nations of the Bottom Billion, but several other constituencies including policy makers in the West and the East, Foreign Aid donors will find the book quite informative. The book is published by Hamilton Books, an Imprint of Rowman and Littlefield publishers. It is also available at Amazon.com and Barnesand Noble.com
Please feel free to leave your comments. They are deeply appreciated. Again, the question is: With chronic 3rd world poverty, how secured is your wellness? This is an issue that should concern all of us. It affects our wellness, wellbeing and even our eco-system.
(1). THE BOTTOM BILLION: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
by PAUL COLLIER
Publishers: Oxford University Press: 2007.