You mean we’re actually sending some money?

Via Instapundit: Progress is being made in the fight against AIDS in Africa, thanks in no small part to the president’s aid program. But that’s not what some people want to hear.

FIVE YEARS AGO, in Jos, Nigeria, a city on the country’s central plateau, Dr. John Idoko regularly made rounds in a hospital packed with people dying from AIDS because they couldn’t pay for the antiretroviral drugs necessary to keep them alive. Three years ago, as the price of the drugs plummeted, the Nigerian doctor was able to deliver the life-extending medication to 700 patients-until his government’s supply ran out for several months.

Today, the change for the better is astonishing: Idoko now treats nearly 6,000 HIV-positive patients. He has expanded his clinic three times in five years, and his waiting room once again is too crowded. “Now, we are eyeing an abandoned building nearby,” he said last week, chuckling.

The major reason for Idoko’s success is the Bush administration’s AIDS program, which in the last three years has sent billions of dollars to Africa and helped save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

When Bush mentioned this in the State of the Union speech in 2003, I thought it was a biggie. Overshadowed, to be sure, by the impending invasion of Iraq, but a biggie nonetheless. A number of times in conversation I’ve mentioned the proposal and wondered why nothing ever became of it.

This is honestly the very first peep I’ve heard from anyone anywhere about a single penny being spent on this project.

In fact, the only think I’ve heard in the past couple of years was a comment on a blog (I think) about how Bush had lied when he said he wanted to spend money on AIDS relief for Africa.

Let me repeat: This is the very first time I’ve heard any news from any source about any money being spent anywhere in Africa for AIDS relief.

A lot of the problem seems to be that a lot of the money is headed for faith-based groups and abstinence education programs. And other groups seem to be a bit miffed that they aren’t getting the money. Instead of simply writing checks to these groups or local leaders, the program is being run by the folks with the funding.

No wonder the media doesn’t want to cover it. Not only is it good news, it’s news that makes Bush look good. And religious groups deserve some of the limelight, too. Which means you won’t hear a thing about it.


  1. Nice! (The tone that you actually think you’re educating in your condescending way is actually the best bit! 🙂 Now that MO has reached level (yep, it’s the SAME level), it’s a whole new ballgame over here! Good times…

  2. Oh, crap. I apparently am not worthy of commenting and have been banned due to pointing out the self obvious fact that the people in Africa keep compounding the aids problem by screwing anything they can, even though the world’s health organizations have been trying for over two decades to solve the problem. That the aids rate is over 70 percent in some of those countries should be proof that there is no reason to provide aid to people who aren’t capable of grasping the fact that they are basically killing themselves. It is always much more useful and trendy to take care of africans that to keep that money at home and try to improve the lot of OTHER AMERICANS HERE IN AMERICA. Not that this will be allowed to the comments, but I point it out anyway. t

  3. I have been known to be less than subtle in pointing out what I believe to be obvious, and having seen six of the countries in Africa first hand, I can tell you that until they smarten up considerably (that is, stop doing obviously stupid stuff that will kill them while expecting the rest of the world to bail them out) then there is absolutely no reason to pay them any mind at all. That and the fact that as long as the US is not perfect, our money should go to OUR people first. But that isn’t trendy enough.