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Friday, June 22, 2018

THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF GREED AND CORRUPTION


Greed and corruption are some of the ailments destroying the world

Greed and corruption are some of the ailments destroying the world


In politics, it’s always easy to criticize opposition, and make promises but once your party is in power, you’ll realize that talking is cheap and easier than constructing or repairing a damaged road. 


If African leaders will be sincere to delete greed and corruption from their diary, the continent would reach far in development since there are vast resources to finance such projects.

Human beings by nature have the potential for greedy tendencies, but the strong desire of some people to possess at all cost wouldn’t mind killing or shedding blood to achieve whatever they are looking for. That’s the dangerous part of greed.

In a documentary film, I watched recently, a drug dealer who was successful in his first and second attempts to transport narcotics to Asia and earned thousands of dollars. 

Despite becoming a millionaire overnight, greed propelled him to make a third attempt and he was arrested and jailed. Had I known is always at last.

Greed, the tendency to selfish craving, hoarding and grasping is responsible for the violence, and crime tearing our society apart today. 

Greed plays a major role in all fields including politics, sports, and in administrations. In both developing and developed countries, greed leads to corruption and the amassed in wealth.

It’s shocking to see the present condition in many African countries while some African leaders take state money and keep them in foreign accounts. 

Greed is not a problem in Africa alone but everywhere because it’s a man’s problem, the reasons advanced countries are equally corrupt like Africa.

Money taken from Africa is classified as corruption and that of Europe and America is classified as ‘misappropriate of funds’ because they think corruption is a word that suits Africa but the act is the same. 

Some people believe that to be successful in life the need to be greedy is necessary, but living on greed is like gradually digging your own grave.

As a matter of fact, greed makes people unhappy, stupid, corrupt and restless because that lack of satisfaction which urges you to crave for more takes control of you both physically and psychologically. 

If the heart wants it and there aren’t any means, what follows next is usually a crime. The reason desperate people do desperate things.

Some people ask if we can get rid of greed and if possible how can we do it? As a matter of fact, greed is a like common sickness which can be controlled but can never ever be eliminated because it’s impossible to get rid of it completely.

Even in the public transports, some people take two seats, one for him/her and other for the briefcase or handbag while others are standing. 

What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? These are some of the Biblical quotations we need to use as a guide to refrain from greed.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

THE DEVASTATION OF ATOMIC BOMB TESTS AND AIDS IN THE SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA


The Aids devastation in Africa has created thousands of motherless and fatherless children

The Aids devastation in Africa has created thousands of motherless and fatherless children


The devastation of Aids, to possible dangers in nuclear systems, would be unacceptable but let's take these catastrophes into consideration. 


The nuclear catastrophes at power stations of Tihange Belgium, Windscale, the current Sellafield-United Kingdom, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.

Is there any mention of the nuclear explosions in the Russian Ural, the American Nevada desert, the French trial areas of Mururoa and in the French Sahara? 

Or has there been the talk of derailing viruses as a result of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the atomic bomb test in the French Sahara?

Nowadays, we still have to wait no longer to see what atomic bomb tests will have in the long run in the Sub Saharan countries because we noticed the immediate effect of the Aids explosion.

Meanwhile, radioactivity and SV40 contaminated vaccines together have been administered at the Sahara region and also in Uganda.

Between 1960 and 1973, a large-scale medical field study took place in the West Nile district at the initiative of the World Health Organization.

Three times a year, blood was taken from about 45,000 young children, to investigate whether there was a relationship between an endemic disease and the virus that causes Pfeiffer's disease (Burkitt's Lymphoma).

When the frozen blood samples from these children stored in the German cities of Freiburg and Stockholm were re-analyzed in 1984, 21% of the blood samples taken were found to contain carcinogenic viruses and as many as 66% of the blood samples were infected with the AIDS virus.


The devastating health effect in the Sub Saharan Region


The story of Lucy Wanjika


Lucy Wanjiku is a young mother living with HIV and team leader of Positive Young Women Voices in Kenya. She was just 19 years old when she found out that she is living with HIV. It was a devastating shock for her. 

“It was one thing to become an adolescent mother and another to be HIV-positive,” said Lucy. “I was discriminated against by the community, my family and even at the health facility. There is no real support structure available.”

Ms. Wanjiku’s story is a familiar one in sub-Saharan Africa. Around 6900 adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 24 years become newly infected with HIV every week, while 5500 of the figure live in sub-Saharan Africa, the region which has dealt with the atomic bomb fallout caused by French tests.

Ms. Wanjiku is now using her voice and our voice of “secrets of aids and Ebola facts journal” to help others and raise awareness about the challenges that young women face in Kenya on a daily basis.

At an event organized by UNAIDS at the European Union Development Days (EDD) forum in Brussels, Belgium, Ms. Wanjiku gave the audience an alarming insight into issues around gender-based violence, early marriage, intimate partner violence, transactional sex, low school attendance rates and lack of economic empowerment, which are all key risk factors for HIV that young women and girls face every day.

“Support groups work, community-based organizations can facilitate this smoothly when supported. We need to engage more adolescent girls and young women leaders at the decision-making tables to tailor what works for us so that it’s sustainable,” said Ms. Wanjiku. 

The event, entitled 'Empowering Women, and Girls, Reducing New HIV Infections,' highlighted the importance of empowering young women and girls to stop new HIV infections. Held on 5 and 6 June, the EDD forum was attended by more than 6000 people from 140 countries, representing 1200 organizations from the development community.

“Considerable efforts need to be taken to reach the Fast-Track Target of reducing the number of new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women to below 100 000 per year by 2020,” said Tim Martineau, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Programme, a.i.

“The HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map, launched by UNAIDS, the United Nations Population Fund and partners in 2017, will be critical to guiding efforts and I cannot stress enough the importance of also engaging men and boys for a long-lasting change.”

The event was moderated by Ebony Johnson, a public health and gender strategist, and brought together a wealth of expertise and experience from youth activists, people living with HIV, civil society, and international development representatives.

Highlighting the importance of access to information, Melodi Tamarzians, a youth ambassador on sexual and reproductive health and rights from the Netherlands, highlighted that only 34% of young people have accurate knowledge about HIV prevention and transmission. 

“I believe in the infinite power of young people to make a change for themselves and their communities,” she said. “And they need access to comprehensive sexuality education, which is not only a key for preventing violence but has far-reaching individual and societal benefits.”

Winnie Byanyima, the Executive Director of Oxfam International, addressed policy barriers and reminded the audience that in order to enhance agency among young women and girls, there needs to be space for young people, especially women and girls, to take part in decision-making processes. 

She added that investment needs to be secure in order to strengthen economic empowerment to enhance women’s health.

“Young women affected by HIV can be afraid of accessing health care because of a lack of confidentiality, discrimination, and cost. We need to invest in peer education and free access to health care to empower women to protect their health,” she said.

UNAIDS, together with a wide range of partners, including women living with HIV and women’s organizations, work towards meeting the needs of girls and women across all targets in 2016, United Nations Political Declaration on Ending AIDS. 

UNAIDS works towards ensuring that women and girls everywhere have their rights fulfilled and are empowered to protect themselves against HIV and that all women and girls living with HIV have immediate access to treatment and care.

UNAIDS, OXFAM, UNICEF, WHO and many other institutions are discussing the HIV devastation in Africa, but when is the time ready for discussing the cause of it all namely; contaminated vaccines, biowarfare experiments, clinical trials and deliberate depopulation of the African continent?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MALARIA: A DEADLY DISEASE WHICH STILL THREATENS AFRICA


Malaria is as deadly as Aids

Malaria is as deadly as Aids


Malaria is a disease different from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome-AIDS, but both have something in common, they don’t discriminate.


Malaria has been a long time tropical disease that has ravaged the African continent before the white explorers landed on the shores of Africa. It took many of them to their untimely grave; hence they referred the continent to ‘The white man’s grave.’

Despite the amazing discovery of technology, healthcare improvement, and vaccines, malaria continues to kill hundreds of children and adults every year in Africa. 

The sickness is caused by a single-cell parasite called Plasmodium. Anopheles mosquitoes, usually females pick up the parasite from infected people when they bite. After biting, the blood they obtained nurtures their eggs.

Inside the mosquito, the parasites develop and reproduce. When the mosquito bites again, the parasites mix with its saliva and pass into the blood of the person being bitten. 

Africa’s fragile health care system and poverty have caused widespread of the disease at a faster rate like the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Other factors which have escalated malaria in Africa, is the poor drainage system.

Waste disposal, recycling, and poor drainage systems remain a key challenge facing every city in Africa. Stagnant pools choked gutters and marshy places later become a breeding ground for mosquitoes where they lay their eggs. 

A malaria victim may show no symptoms for weeks after bitten by mosquitoes until the parasites return to the bloodstream and invade the red blood cells.

Rapid multiplication of the parasites ruptures the red cells, releasing more parasites into the bloodstream and causing the characteristic symptoms. 

If the person does not receive prompt and effective drug therapy, damage may occur to the brain and other organs, sometimes leading to death. 

In many parts of Africa, where a sick person goes to the hospital if only he can afford, a malaria victim has no chance to recover than to succumb to the disease.

The victim loses appetite, preventing the desire to eat. Weak and confined permanently to bed, malaria victim sleeps for hours. At times the victim sweats profusely and efforts to sleep become a nightmare. 

Malaria statistics indicate that over half a million (655, 000) people die from malaria each year, mostly children younger than five years old.

There are an estimated 216 million cases of malaria each year. Although the vast majority of malaria cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa, the disease is a public-health problem in more than 109 countries in the world, 45 of which are in Africa. 

Approximately 3.3 billion people live in areas where malaria is a constant threat. 90% of all malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

Poor drainage, stagnant water, and filthy environments are common breeding grounds for mosquitoes

Poor drainage, stagnant water, and filthy environments are common breeding grounds for mosquitoes


Malaria eradication has been on the discussion table for years but still remains an illusion, since poverty is the source of all diseases in Africa. 

However, measures are applied to control the disease. Bed nets, domestic spraying insecticides, spraying infected places with DDT and anti-malaria vaccine help to protect people and the environment from malaria.

However; until the African government finds a solution to its waste disposal problems and poor underground drainage systems, the possibility of eliminating or reducing malaria in the continent of Africa will be a dream of illusion.