...what about others?
Two billion dollars has now been raised for the tsunami victims, which is excellent, but remember everyone else who needs aid.
At most, 200,000 people have died due to the tsunami. According to UNAIDS, in sub-Saharan Africa alone 2.7 to 3.4 million children have HIV. In total, 25 to 27.9 million children and adults have HIV in this part of the world. In 2003, 2.2 million to 2.5 million people died in sub-Saharan Africa of AIDS.
Put another way, for each single tsunami victim, ten people died of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa in 2003.
And it's not just HIV. According to UN-HABITAT, 1.2 billion people don't have safe drinking water. We're not talking about drinking water that's a bit muddy, we're talking about drinking water that kills. Each minute of every day, 5 people die in the world because the water they drink is dirty.
Many preventable deaths aren't caused by poor infrastructure, but by simple lack of money. In 2002, 1.14 million people died of malaria in Africa alone according to the WHO. That's two people every minute. Malaria is a treatable and preventable disease! Simple lack of money lets these people die.
So if you've donated to the tsunami appeals this month, next month don't keep your chequebook in your pocket. Many more people need your help in order to survive, and many more regions of the world can benefit much more from your $100 than you can.
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