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Who pays to stop a pandemic? [Feb. 9th, 2007|05:05 pm]
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Who Pays to Stop a Pandemic?

BIRD flu has not yet turned into a pandemic, but it is already killing the meager hopes of some of the world’s poorest people for a marginally better life.

When poultry become infected with the deadly strain of avian influenza (H5N1), it is essential that all birds nearby be culled to prevent further spread. ...

Moreover, it is not clear how Jakarta’s poor will replace the income they once received from chickens and other birds. ... [W]hen the birds of small-scale poultry farmers are culled, entrepreneurs who were just beginning to move up the development ladder can be plunged right back into poverty. The most dependent and vulnerable members of the community become even more dependent and vulnerable. “Backyard birds” are the only source of income for many women and children.


So these are interesting questions when trying to figure out how to work together for the greater good. I thought it was a well thought out article, it is written with a bioethics slant. Indonsia also wanted some compensation for the avian flu strains if I remember, as they would not be able to afford them otherwise. The big pharmacuticals seem to have lost a lot of goodwill with the whole fiasco over AIDS drugs in Africa.

Its also what you get in a partially developed world moving towards international cooperation, as some of these world organizations resemble in some ways a crude international government. Sort of a federation of countries on a much larger scale then the US states and poor countries, like poor people, sometimes are not entirely sure where they fit into a free market economy. There are a lot of parallels between past history and the present just with less profiling of individuals and more autonomous states, while some poor countries have dictators some are just poor.
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[User Picture]From: whildbill
2007-02-10 06:09 am (UTC)
The thought has crossed my mind a couple times, after hearing stories about bird flu. and the countries killing/culling birds, "How do you replace 1.5 million poultry?"

I mean, not even taking into account the impact on small, poor families, just considering that you're wiping out all the poultry in what, a hundred-mile-radius? 200 miles? Birds breed faster than humans, but that's still going to take a while to bring that population back.

And in the meantime, any form of poultry, either live, or in food form, in that area is going to be very expensive.
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[User Picture]From: psych0squirrel
2007-02-11 11:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a lot of governance just seems to come down to stupid things that you forget about, like how to replace birds. I think there is an overly simplistic view of just how much work it is to run a country or any sort of governmental body, national or international.

I am not sure about how they would solve the bird problem though as there is an idea lately that everything should be self financing which is pretty rediculous as we pay government taxes so that they build things for us such as roads and if they didn't spend so much of our money helping out failing airlines maybe we'd actually see some of the money spent on us, like we pay them to do. (I was reading stuff about hott lanes today, a lot of companies seem to be practically salviating at the concept that they can convince the government to let us pay them to drive into the city. It's weird as they take the idealogy of convience to the point of attacking HOV lanes, which actually work quite well to take cars off the roads.)
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