Bush did some good things outside of Afghanistan.
whatever good he's done in africa has been negated by his insistence that everything be tied to abstinence only sex education. Want financial aid? Don't teach about condoms. http://badgerherald...._policy_lea.php
“Just remember, whatever you do, don’t mention condoms.”
I froze halfway inside the hot, dusty classroom in Kampala, Uganda. I turned to Crystal, the coordinator for ASK Africa, an initiative promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and education in Ugandan primary and secondary schools. I must have looked bewildered because she again made it clear that my impending speech about the ASK program could not include any shout-outs to the Trojan Man. Apparently the headmistress would be present, and as far as she is concerned, “safe sex” is an oxymoron.
…It’s bad enough that $1.3 billion has been spent domestically in the United States on these unproven and controversial abstinence-only programs, many of which are soiled with subliminal religious messages passed as scientific fact. But it’s criminal, even unpardonable, that we have forced our own policies on countries unable to deny them, undermining the potency of programs needing every resource at their disposal in their educational arsenal to adequately equip vulnerable populations against a virus that continues to purge their countries.
also a reminder that roughly 80 percent of aids infection occurs from heterosexual sex, something that could no doubt be controlled through progressive sex ed education and availability of contraceptives.
in uganda it's as high as 84%http://www.commondre...s06/0516-01.htm
In Uganda, 84 per cent of Aids victims contract the disease through heterosexual contacts. The men go first, followed by their wives. Fourteen per cent of children are infected by mother-to-child transmission. Up to 6.6 per cent of the adult population in Uganda is infected with HIV. If you are an adult male in Uganda suffering from Aids, you are unlikely to live beyond the age of 47.
reminder that there's no evidence at all that abstinence only education does a better job, and in many cases it does worse. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4485691/
PHILADELPHIA - Teens who pledge to remain virgins until marriage have the same rates of sexually transmitted diseases as those who don’t pledge abstinence, according to a study that examined the sex lives of 12,000 adolescents.
The problem, the study found, is that those virginity “pledgers” are much less likely to use condoms.
Programs teaching U.S. schoolchildren to abstain from sex have not cut teen pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases or delayed the age at which sex begins, health groups told Congress on Wednesday.
The Bush administration, however, voiced continuing support for such programs during a hearing before a House of Representatives panel even as many Democrats called for cutting off federal money for so-called abstinence-only instruction.
“Vast sums of federal monies continue to be directed toward these programs. And, in fact, there is evidence to suggest that some of these programs are even harmful and have negative consequences by not providing adequate information for those teens who do become sexually active,” Dr. Margaret Blythe of the American Academy of Pediatrics told the committee.
The number of lives Bush has been responsible for saving in Africa is probably greater than the number of casualties from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
not really by any measurable statistic.
actually in the last year in the congo, an estimated 5.4 million people have been slaughtered. the worst part about it? they're using rape as a weapon.http://www.newser.co...congolocal.html
(Newser) – A record number of brutal rapes has devastated the women of war-ravaged Congo. A single province reported 27,000 last year, with some assaults so brutal that victims' reproductive systems will never recover, the New York Times reports. "We don’t know why these rapes are happening, but one thing is clear: they are done to destroy women," said a doctor who sees 10 victims daily.
Sexual violence in the Congo is “the worst in the world,” said a UN official. “The sheer numbers, the wholesale brutality—it’s appalling.” Last year's elections were not enough to help the Congolese government deal with renegade forces. Large areas of lawlessness survive where the most heavily armed are free to do what they please.
i guess in the sense that bush has actually paid attention to africa is a step in the right direction. he took relatively inexpensive steps to install mosquito nests and treat the water, which should have been done under clinton but never was. however, he dismantled numerous UN agencies that taught sex education and left them to be openly bid on by christian organizations that taught abstinence and made condoms impossible to get.
luckily for his immediate reputation, due to the gestation period of HIV, it's impossible to tell just how many more people will contract the disease due to disinformation handed out due to his policies, but it's going to be awful.