Friday, July 26, 2013

Top 10 Unhealthiest Countries in the World: Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Etc.

A child sits by the side of a building, Mali


What shall I say about this list? For one thing, I couldn't track any really impressive stats about who the producers are. Not good. For another, I did not discern any really aggravating tendencies regarding politically incorrect approaches. That's good. So what I went with was the raw data, which does not shrink from citing some of the scariest factors contributing to disease, malnutrition, uncleanliness, and the like. I tend to think that the facts as presented are accurate.

I am somewhat surprised that, in this day and age, when subjects African are often given a wide berth -- and do avoid at all costs any claims which might embarrass the people, the governments, or the tyrants which run the countries -- that such a list as this would even be published.

So the information has obviously not been sanitized, and for that reason can be given some credence. In most of these countries, which teeter on the edge of wanton self-destruction, no reference is made regarding a given government being communist, socialist, totalitarian, or radically sharia-oriented Islamist. To be sure, the nature of the government can contribute as much to a country's standard of health and well-being as climate, disease, dietary needs and poverty.

One additional point -- most of the national flags are pretty. One -- Mozambique's -- is scary, featuring an automatic rifle with fixed bayonet, and a implement which could be used for agriculture or caving in a man's head. You'll just have to guess the rest.

In the present time when the countries are developing and people are advancing in terms of health and medicines, no country can afford to be left behind in these fields. But in some countries because the economic development is very poor they cannot make the environment that clean and are not able to provide good food. Even they get some funds by international organizations and other big countries they are not able to provide healthy living conditions to their subjects. 

Health does not only means physical fitness, but the social and environmental health and to some extent mental health too is also considered. In some big countries the rural areas are very unhealthy. If not in rural than there are slums in urban area which are environmentally very unhealthy.

In some countries people are full of diseases which can be treated but there are no such medicines like flues. And diseases which cannot be treated like HIV. Some of the places may seem unhygienic but the people are in good condition like in villages. So here are the unhealthiest countries, some of them you may not have heard of because they are too small and all are present in Africa and are not that popular.

1. Malawi
This country was known as Nyasa land. In this country infant mortality rates are very high. And as usual in Africa HIV infected people are in abundance. Life expectancy is 50 years. There are about 70000 deaths in a year due to HIV. And the main subject to think upon is this that about 250. people are getting infected every day. Which means that there is very less awareness among the people. It is sad to know that government spends 100000$ to do funeral of the civil servants who dies of this disease. Except this there are diseases like typhoid, malaria and diarrhea in the country. Madonna also started a program raising Malawi to give financial help to the sufferers. They are trying o counter HIV but have failed to decrease the maternal mortality rate. They have made many free hospitals for the sufferers.

2. Zimbabwe
ZimbabweAt first Zimbabwe was very successful in giving good sanitation facilities, medicines and providing health care. But in 2000 there was an economic crisis. Then at that time only the HIV endemic was caused worsting the situation in Zimbabwe. When all the factors were against the country the downfall started. That is why now Zimbabwe has one of the lowest life expediencies in the world that is 43. The infant mortality rate is now 12%. The economic downfall resulted in the closing of many hospitals and dispensaries and those hospitals were major ones. Those which were opened were not able to supply the medicines. Then there was political instability worsening the situation. Cholera is also spread which makes all the factors against Zimbabwe. Not even pure water was available to people what to ask about the food. There was then an emergency situation and international aid was provided.

3. Mozambique

In this country of Africa the infant mortality rate is 100 per 1000 infants and the fertility rate is 5 births per woman. As proper medical facilities rate not applied the maternal mortality rate became 550 per 100000 births. So the Mozambique government is trying to control the maternal deaths. 12% of the population has AIDS which is lower as compared to the neighboring countries. The fertility rate is 5.4 births per women. The government is taking good steps to improve the health of the people as they spend 42$ per ca pita in a year which is more as compared to other African countries. Over 88% of the population was given vaccination. About 11% budget is targeted here. Many NGOs are also helping Mozambique.

4. Swaziland

This is another country which is critically affected by HIV. It is having the highest rate of HIV in the world. 25% of the people are suffering from HIV. It has 4th lowest life expectancy. About 60% of all the deaths are caused by HIV only. Cancer and heart diseases cause very few deaths as compared to HIV. Tuberculosis is also a big problem. In 2004 39% pregnant women had HIV and this ensured that their children could also be having HIV. The country is doing lots of efforts to improve their conditions. The public expenditure was 4% of GDP and 2.3% was private. Infant mortality rate was 70 per 1000 kids with giving 16 doctors per 100000 persons.

5. Lesotho

The infant mortality rate is very high that is 8.1%. There are less number of doctors that is 5 physicians for 10000 people. But the main problem is not the disease but the HIV/AIDS here. Many people here are affected by AIDS. The prevalence of HIV is one of the highest in the world that is about 24% which is a very high rate. It is little low in rural areas but in urban area every 1 of 2 ladies is infected by HIV. The life expectancy was 42 years. The country is working on this issue and is doing every possible thing to save the subjects. They have started many programs which tell the people how to prevent it. The transmission of HIV from mother to child has been stopped partially. It is a very good achievement by the country. Bill Clinton and Bill Gates went to Lesotho so that they could assess their fight against this disease. This epidemic is declining in the country. Many international organizations are also lending Lesotho a helping hand.

6. Central African Republic
Central African Republic

This country is present in Central Africa and is small. The male birth expectancy is 45 years. The fertility rate on an average is 5 births per women which is high. About 4.8% is the percentage of HIV in the adult population which is way too higher that other African countries. Female birth expectancy is 48 years. The availability of doctors is very much low in this country. About 0.8 doctors per 100000 people. The government is doing considerate efforts to control the diseases and provide proper treatment and to make medicines available in the country as they are spending about 11% of the total spent money in health care and about 20$ per person. But even after the considerate efforts f the government not much improvement is seen.

7. Haiti

The main problem in this country is of vaccination. About 50% of the children are not vaccinated. The health care hospitals and dispensaries are not accessible. Only 40% have access to them. There are high rates of HIV and many deaths are caused by it only. The water they drink is not pure and there are water borne diseases. They suffer from meningitis and respiratory diseases and diarrhea. Malaria and TB is suffered by many. The living conditions are just terrible. there are no sanitary facilities which is great problem. The earthquakes are a big problem and there is shortage of medicines also.

8. Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso

In this country the unhygienic environmental conditions leads to many diseases. The avg. life expectancy is just 51. The medical facilities are little better as compared to the above countries. But there are only 10 physicians to 100000 people and 40 wives for the same. The HIV is declining in the country because of the clinics. 73% of the girls of this country have suffered through female genital mutilation. They are cut by razors as it is thought in that country that through it the chastity of the women remains.

9. Chad

The medical facilities are limited. The medicines remain unavailable or out of stock. Membership is required in good clinics. There is widespread malaria in the country and may prove fatal. If anyone has caught a flu he becomes easy attack for malaria. Like other countries in Africa, diarrhea and respiratory problems are prominent. Diseases like chicken pox, typhoid and HIV are also prominent because of the living conditions. Now there are many programs started by international organizations for giving vaccines and providing medicines.

10. Liberia

In this country of Africa the diseases are the main reasons for its unhealthiness. There are hospitals but are less in number and are not accessible. And the life expectancy in this poor nation is 57.4 in 2012. It shows a little improvement from the past. Lots and lots of communicable diseases are widespread in this area. Malaria, TB and diarrhea are some of them. The fertility rate is 5.9 births per women. You can very well imagine that the TB is affected to 420 people per 100000 people in this country. 21 percent children are malnourished. In 2003 about 95% of the health care facilities were destroyed. It has 1 doctor per 100000 people which is very bad indicator. Maternal mortality rate is 990 per 100000 people.

VS: Pity is almost automatic. Prayer is imperative. 


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Downfall of Detroit -- How "Progressive" Policies Killed a Great City.

The Downfall of Detroit
It took only six decades of “progressive” policies to bring a great city to its knees.

One of the thousands of blighted homes in Detroit.


By the time Detroit declared bankruptcy, Americans were so inured to the throbbing dirge of Motown’s Greatest Hits — 40 percent of its streetlamps don’t work; 210 of its 317 public parks have been permanently closed; it takes an hour for police to respond to a 9-1-1 call; only a third of its ambulances are driveable; one-third of the city has been abandoned; the local realtor offers houses on sale for a buck and still finds no takers; etc., etc. — Americans were so inured that the formal confirmation of a great city’s downfall was greeted with little more than a fatalistic shrug.

But it shouldn’t be. To achieve this level of devastation, you usually have to be invaded by a foreign power. In the War of 1812, when Detroit was taken by a remarkably small number of British troops without a shot being fired, Michigan’s Governor Hull was said to have been panicked into surrender after drinking heavily.

Two centuries later, after an almighty 50-year bender, the city surrendered to itself. The tunnel from Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit, Michigan, is now a border between the First World and the Third World — or, if you prefer, the developed world and the post-developed world.

To any American time-transported from the mid 20th century, the city’s implosion would be literally incredible: Were he to compare photographs of today’s Hiroshima with today’s Detroit, he would assume Japan won the Second World War after nuking Michigan.

Detroit was the industrial powerhouse of America, the “arsenal of democracy,” and in 1960 the city with the highest per capita income in the land. Half a century on, Detroit’s population has fallen by two-thirds, and in terms of “per capita income,” many of the shrunken pool of capita have no income at all beyond EBT cards.

The recent HBO series Hung recorded the adventures of a financially struggling Detroit school basketball coach forced to moonlight as a gigolo. It would be heartening to think the rest of the bloated public-sector work force, whose unsustainable pensions and benefits have brought Detroit to its present sorry state (and account for $9 billion of its $11 billion in unsecured loans), could be persuaded to follow its protagonist and branch out into the private sector, but this would probably be more gigolos than the market could bear, even allowing for an uptick in tourism from Windsor.

So, late on Friday, some genius jurist struck down the bankruptcy filing. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina declared Detroit’s bankruptcy “unconstitutional” because, according to the Detroit Free Press, “the Michigan Constitution prohibits actions that will lessen the pension benefits of public employees.” Which means that, in Michigan, reality is unconstitutional.

So a bankrupt ruin unable to declare bankruptcy is now back to selling off its few remaining valuables, as I learned from a Detroit News story headlined “Howdy Doody May Test Limits of Protecting Detroit Assets.” For those of you under 40 — okay, under 80 — Howdy Doody is the beloved American children’s puppet, in western garb with a beaming smile and 48 freckles, one for every state, which gives you some idea of when his heyday was.  

The Howdy Doody Show ended its run on September 24, 1960, which would have made sense for Detroit, too. The city’s Institute of Arts paid $300,000 for the original Howdy Doody puppet — or about the cost of 300,000 three-bedroom homes. Don’t get too excited — you can’t go to Detroit and see him on display; he’s in storage. He’s in some warehouse lying down doing nothing all day long, like so many other $300,000 city employees. Instead of selling him off, maybe they should get him moonlighting as a gigolo and sell it to HBO as Hungy Doody (“When you’re looking for the real wood”).

What else is left to sell? The City of Windsor has already offered to buy the Detroit half of the Detroit/Windsor tunnel, perhaps to wall it up.

With bankruptcy temporarily struck down, we’re told that “innovation hubs” and “enterprise zones” are the answer. Seriously? In my book After America, I observe that the physical decay of Detroit — the vacant and derelict lots for block after block after block — is as nothing compared to the decay of the city’s human capital.

Forty-seven percent of adults are functionally illiterate, which is about the same rate as the Central African Republic, which at least has the excuse that it was ruled throughout the Seventies by a cannibal emperor. Why would any genuine innovator open a business in a Detroit “innovation hub”? Whom would you employ? The illiterates include a recent president of the school board, Otis Mathis, which doesn’t bode well for the potential work force a decade hence.

Given their respective starting points, one has to conclude that Detroit’s Democratic party makes a far more comprehensive wrecking crew than Emperor Bokassa ever did. No bombs, no invasions, no civil war, just “liberal” “progressive” politics day in, day out. Americans sigh and say, “Oh, well, Detroit’s an ‘outlier.’” It’s an outlier only in the sense that it happened here first.

 The same malign alliance between a corrupt political class, rapacious public-sector unions, and an ever more swollen army of welfare dependents has been adopted in the formally Golden State of California, and in large part by the Obama administration, whose priorities — “health” “care” “reform,” “immigration” “reform” — are determined by the same elite/union/dependency axis. As one droll tweeter put it, “If Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.”

Will Sacrifice of Some White People Satisfy The Blood Lust of Black Rioters?


By Verne Strickland / July 23, 2013

We can all see which way this is headed, can't we?

The rhetoric from black "demonstrators" gets ever more heated and shrill day by day. Every taunt -- no matter what the actual words may be -- translates to "get whitey". 

Cars are torched, innocent white citizens are terrorized and beaten, businesses are burned, and the angry chorus of revenge grows to a fever pitch.

Blacks are seeking revenge. Sooner or later, the tribal drumbeat will get too seductive to be ignored, and rampaging blacks will step over the line. The misdirected anger will find a vulnerable target -- or even several white sacrificial "lambs" -- and blood will flow. Then blood will beget blood. 

To say that "the torch will be passed" would be to abuse the intent of the famous JFK speech of the chaotic days of the 1960s, when great cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Newark and others suffered massive damage at the hand of black rioters. 

Some may be justified in saying that all of these out-of-control American population centers are not "great" anymore. But they were. They have been ruined by all the ills of liberal society -- absence of God in everyday life, the seduction of welfare and giveaway programs, moral depravity, loss of human initiative, "families" without fathers or even mothers, rampant drug problems, and unemployment of people who don't wish to work anyway.

But the point may be made that arson, looting, and mass murder and general lawlessness have been sparked by black racial mobs, often driven into a frenzy by so-called black "leaders", aided and abetted by irresponsible liberal media which fan the flames of discontent. 

It almost seems inevitable now. How many times have we seen this before? Trying to tally up the scorecard will do no good. There have been too many instances where mob rule has taken over, blacks have taken to the streets, and murder by marauding masses has been committed.

And, through it all, it seems that we have learned nothing. Justice? Is that what we want? Justice in the Trayvon Martin death has been achieved. Like it or not, this is America, and, while there are at least two sides to every story, this case has been settled by a hard-working, well-intentioned jury of peers drawn together in a Florida courtroom. 

Case closed? Well, many of us had hoped so. But it was not to be. Each day, the flames of racial unrest spread like forest fires -- encouraged by the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and other professional haters. It is a sad sight to see.

But -- when the precise tinder-box situation emerges -- the "sacrifice" we mentioned earlier will take the lives of some white citizens caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Then the devil will have his due.

Indeed, it has already happened, although the senseless killings in black-on-white violence seem to be not directly related to the Florida tinder box -- the white girl raped by black predators and thrown from a rooftop, the beautiful white child shot in the face by black gunmen as the mother watched -- what else? How many other brutal slayings must we catalog to bring this into perspective?

But I think the mob has yet to be satisfied, and we will not see the racial frenzy assuaged until the "honor killings" have been properly initiated.

Even President Obama, by his inaction, has left the door open to violence which might "settle the score". He should be ashamed.

How did it all come to this? When will it end? Another long, hot summer -- reminiscent of many that we've experienced before -- seems to loom before us.

I ran across this news story today as I tried to get a handle on the crescendo of events. It was published this week in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and refers to the riots that decimated the Twin Cities in July of 1967. And it is not encouraging by any means:


Thirty years ago this weekend, Minneapolis woke to the realization that it had not escaped the racial fury that was overtaking U.S. cities in the mid-1960s, that it, too, had suffered the firebombs, looting and shooting and the frightful sight of riot police marching shoulder-to-shoulder as storefronts went up in flames.

The Plymouth Avenue disturbances of July 19-21, 1967, were a small footnote to the full-scale riots that enveloped the Watts section of Los Angeles and the vast black neighborhoods of Detroit and Newark, N.J., during those incendiary days. 

God help us all.