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The poor need help from the rich

The poor need help from the rich

You don’t get much health care for $4 per person. That’s what India spends on public health each year, far too little to confront its growing aids crisis, said economist Jeffrey D. Sachs, Ph.D., author of The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.India must increase health spending 10-fold, and to do so, Sachs argued at a February conference, “Health Crisis in South Asia,” it needs help from the developed world. As its economy grows, India will be able to finance its own health system within a decade, but until then it requires assistance. That proposal is among the...

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Humans change their world, with no end in sight

Humans change their world, with no end in sight

Over the last 20 years writer Bill McKibben has looked at the ways humans have altered the world...

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Iceland’s national health service provides for all

Iceland’s national health service provides for all

In Iceland, universal access to health care is enshrined in law. As a result the country has no...

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Silence among doctors in the face of torture

Silence among doctors in the face of torture

Even as FBI agents and intelligence officers were warning their superiors that interrogations of...

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