Saturday, May 15, 2010

TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More

A recent study shows that collaboration between developing nations provide more assistance than developed nations like the U.S. or Canada.

"Brother-sister" trade relations among developing countries generally result in cheaper drugs and vaccines that reach more people than do "parent-child" relations with the developed countries. This study was conducted and published in Nature Biotechnology.

Countries are establishing mutually beneficial relationships that address major health issues that they share. For instance, India and South Africa have been working on problems like HIV/AIDS and Malaria that plague them both. Egypt and China established a partnership when the African nation was in desperate need of insulin.

The great thing about this finding is that solutions were sought out by countries themselves and not by outside aid groups who can only estimate what and where resources should be allocated.
Cross cultural differences can be difficult when establishing trust and cooperation. But, when suffering is felt on both ends of the spectrum it's easy to let guards down and lend your international neighbor a helping hand.

-Nick Mohazzabfar