terça-feira, maio 01, 2007
Faz como eu digo, não faças como eu faço
The Huffington Post 28.04.07
The news that Randall Tobias, the former Lilly executive and chief of the Bush Administration's global AIDS programs, was using the services of call girls, led to this reaction from one AIDS activist:
Oh my God. Mr. Married Abstinence only used an ESCORT service!!!!!! The anti-prostitution pledge promoter?
I asked friends who would know, "How much of the 'abstinence only' efforts at USAID were the fault of Tobias, and how much from the White House." The push for this policy, which is actually mandated by a Congressional requirement, came from Republicans in Congress, the White House and the religious right.
Activists give Tobias much more blame for efforts to protect big drug companies from competition from generic manufacturers of AIDS drugs, for example, by undermining the World Health Organization's program to certify generic AIDS drugs (the WHO pre-qualification program) and forcing U.S. taxpayers to unnecessarily pay top dollar for brand name AIDS drugs in PEPFAR treatment efforts. This policy has been poorly covered in the press, but it is far more consequential than Tobias' sex habits.