Four hundred thousand South Africans are dying every year of AIDS. This makes the war in Iraq look like a birthday party
~Jeremy Cronin, SACP deputy secretary at the Satawu congress in Johannesburg.
I reproduce now a map from National Geographic, with the countries sized according with their rate of HIV/AIDS infection.
Every square represents 10,000 persons.
Every square represents three and a half times than all the deaths of the American troops in Iraq, and three times more than the victims of the attacks to the World Trade Centre.
Two thirds of infected people live in Sub-Saharian Africa.
Botswana, even with its impressive economic growth, has the highest level of infection of the world: 22%. That is one of every five persons.
Cost of the three-pills treatment in USA: $15,000 us/year (50% of GNP per capita)
Cost of the three-pills treatment in Africa: $600 us/year (50-200% of GNP per capita)
Cost of Iraq’s invasion: $400 billion USD.
Global Cost of HIV/AIDS prevention: $3.5 Billion USD.
Click in the map for the full size…
Data from US Casualties and cost from Iraq war: Speech of HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS Before the U.S. House of Representatives January 5 2007 http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2007/cr010507.htm
Data from global cost of HIV/AIDS prevention: “Closing the Gap”, HIV Prevention working group, 2002. http://www.kff.org/hivaids/upload/May-2003-Access-to-HIV-Prevention-Closing-the-Gap-Executive-Summary.pdf
Data from the map: NGM, September 2005. Spanish Edition.