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There are many problems that should be addressed when taking on the challenge of defending the necessity of international health aid. A major, all-encompassing problem is that some sources/constituents have misinterpreted why such large scale help is given, and have not fully begun to understand why it has the potential to benefit more than just the ‘receiver’ of the aid. Examples of such misinterpretation are books by Robert Calderisi and Dambias Moyo that focus on less relevant aspects of helping others in a medical sense; describing suffering as merely “gnawing” (Calderisi 2) at the world’s conscience and discouraging free enterprise in America (101), respectively. Sources likes these fail to fully interpret the most important part of health aid- providing a better chance at life for those affected. Another commonly misinterpreted aspect is that the actual aid provided does not go towards the necessities because of corrupt leaders and ignorant priorities. Paul Collier, from Oxford University, states that “…we know how much actually reaches the front lines of health care” (103), which in some senses may just be pessimism. Lastly, a source that seems to fully grasp and understand most aspects (and therefore leaves a gap of information) of health aid is an article by Rudolf V. Van Puymbroeck, former lead counsel of the World Bank. Van Puymbroeck argues using a mutual resolution, saying that being able to provide cheaper alternatives to the essential medicine is key to facilitating access to it (523); this may finally please those who only look at the matter economically. Providing health aid to third-world countries in Africa is essential to the general well-being and health of medical indigents and promoting more easily-access... ... middle of paper ... .... Israel is one country that has severed ties or neglected to provide sound assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa due to diplomatic strains. The “Limited resources…and under-skilled…healthcare professionals” show another hardship (Sunavala 60). Jamshed Sunavala points this out after seeing firsthand the ICUs of southern Africa. Along with Sunavala, Martin Meredith (a famous blogger and journalist) consequently noticed that hospitals and clinics run short of medicine and equipment often (283). Both of these specific examples portray the necessity of willing people to be proactive about providing essentials to those who deserve them, and that it’s not just the disease that primarily kills and injures people’s lives; it is the shortage of necessities, too. In contrast to governmental issues, however, there are beneficial factors and ideas that will help reform foreign aid.
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