Wednesday, October 13, 2010

U.S. Medical Aid to Africa

Last week, the Obama administration announced that it will donate $130 million to African medical schools to improve medical education throughout Africa. This generous donation will be distributed over five years and will go to medical schools and teaching hospitals in a dozen countries, and to about 20 American medical schools that have agreed to collaborate with them. Doctors will be trained in all sorts of skills including childbirth and infant care – skills that are of crucial need in rural parts of Africa. Some of the money will also go towards buying equipment for laboratories and teaching tools.

This is a big step forward for the U.S. and its foreign policy. Bringing more focus to poverty-stricken parts of the world through foreign aid will have far-reaching results for the world’s poor. A couple of positive results from this kind of foreign aid are: ending infant mortality through better education and the subsequent reduction in population.

- Clare O.