Chapter Thirteen: Social Change and the Pressing Issues of Our Time
As we continue to debate health care in our country, worldwide, several issues globally affect billions of people. This issue has been largely ignored by our media.
A Larger Killer than Conflicts .From the World Health Organization (WHO)
*one billion people lack access to health care systems
*about 11 million children under the age of 5 die from malnutrition and preventable disease
*AIDS/HIV has spread rapidly: 32.8 million are estimated to be living with HIV.
*tuberculosis kills 1.75 million people each year. There are roughly 8.8 million new cases each year.
*malaria causes more than 300 million acute illnesses and at least one million deaths annually.
*600,000 die of typhoid each year.
*half a million die annually from measles.
*lower respiratory tract infections kill 4 million globally every year.
*diarrheal diseases are the second-leading cause of infectious disease deaths.
*someone in the world is infected with TB every second.
Discussion Question: Why do you think that these illnesses have not captured the attention of the American public even though we are more connected to the rest of the world than in any other time in history? How does globalization factor into this discussion? Explain.
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