The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Tuberculosis can be eradicated

Jun 25, 2001

The World Health Organization recently announced that tuberculosis could be brought under control in five years if the funds to combat it were increased by 400 million dollars each year.

This additional funding would allow poorer countries to pay for needed medicines and monitoring of patients. About a million people a year die from TB even though it can be cured.

Does 400 million sound like a lot of dollars? The U.S. federal government's budget is currently five billion dollars per DAY (yes, per DAY). This means about 200 million dollars are spent every single hour of every single day.

So two HOURS of the U.S. federal budget could save millions of lives.

But, of course, it won't be spent –the wealthy and their corporations can't bear to give it up.