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08.28.11

Mo Ibrahim to Bill Gates et al.: “We Are Not Sick People.”

Posted in Africa, Bill Gates, Patents at 9:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Antagonism towards Gates’ staged care for the poor and resistance against his push to make impoverished populations dependent on expensive drugs he Mo Ibrahim in and lobbies for

THE CORPORATE press might not be paying attention to the reality of whitewashing/reputation laundering operations, but some people do cover the issue. They don’t play along with public relations (PR). One valuable new quote goes like this: ‘Speaking to the efforts of the Bill Gateses and the Bonos of the world, Ibrahim says, “We thank all the philanthropic [institutions], the wonderful people who are helping the needy in Africa. But the job in our foundation is to really stop all that by changing the political outlook of Africa, changing the way we’re managing our affairs. There’s no need for us to beg for money.” He adds, “I don’t want Africa to forever be the recipient of aid. Aid is also humiliating for the recipient. And it touches a human indignity. Why? We are able-bodied people. We are not sick people.”’

“Aid is also humiliating for the recipient. And it touches a human indignity.”
      –Mo Ibrahim
It’s actually worse than that. Gates is exploiting the perception that they are sick to impose clinical trials on them, at the behest of people whom he employed (e.g. from GSK) and companies he invests his money in. Any clinical trials on Africans have lower risk of litigation when things go awry, as they often do (but again, this is barely being reported on because it happens remotely). This is helping everyone spend money on drugs, creating an addiction/dependence on those expensive drugs. One magazine has just had this to say (also about Africa): ‘To learn to live with it calls for an entirely different solution. Eradication calls for a laboratory-based strategy. You look for isolated human communities, like islands with small populations and invest all your resources in it – which is what the Gates Foundation and WHO did. But living with malaria requires you to spend your monies in communities with large, representative populations.

‘The Gates Foundation and WHO money was spent mostly on small islands. A WHO expert called it ‘a public health disaster’. The moral of the story is that diagnosis is more important than prescription. Research is diagnosis.”‘

Techrights has written a lot more and provided more evidence to show the sad reality of the ‘donation’ of medicine (temporary access to patents valid in another country). More journalists need to do their job and actually report on these issues properly; they are being marginalised by Gates’ ‘donations’ (bribes) to many publishers. He spends over $1,000,000 per day on “advocacy” (PR alone).

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